Federal case dropped, child neglect charge filed against man in Leila Cavett case
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Federal charges have been dropped against the man once considered a suspect in the disappearance of a young Georgia mother. Officials in Broward County, Florida have now charged him with child neglect.
Shannon Ryan, 40, was accused of lying to police and kidnapping in 21-year-old Leila Cavett, of Dawson County, Georgia, whose young child was found wandering in a South Florida parking lot.
According to WSVN, federal prosecutors dropped the charges against Ryan, a self-proclaimed "witch," but he was booked into the Broward County jail on new charges Wednesday.
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Despite a multi-state search, Leila Cavett has not been found. She was last seen on July 25, 2020, at a RaceTrac gas station in Hollywood, Florida.
New mugshot of Shannon Ryan (Broward Sheriff), Leila Cavett with 2-year-old son Kamdyn (Miramar Police)
The FBI released photos of her with her 2-year-old son inside the store at 3 p.m. and then again at 10 p.m. on the same day. The toddler was later found barefoot and in a soiled diaper in a Miramar apartment parking lot.
In October 2020, crews searched a landfill in Monarch Hill, Florida, but came up empty-handed.
Shannon Ryan appears in Broward County court via Zoom, (WSVN)
Shannon Ryan was charged with federal kidnapping charges and investigators said he intended to collect a ransom.
Cavett reportedly moved from Georgia to Florida to work for Ryan, who was supposed to appear in court at the end of January, but there was a delay.
Previous mugshot of Shannon Ryan
On Wednesday, the Broward County Sheriff's Office arrested Ryan on a new charge of neglect of a child without great bodily harm. Bond was set at $100,000.
Anyone with information on Cavett's whereabouts is urged to call the FBI's Miami office at 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit the FBI's website to submit a tip.