Alabama ‘witch’ is charged with Florida in case of missing mother a day after federal charges are dropped

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Self-proclaimed Alabama ‘witch’ who was last seen with missing Georgia mother who sold him her pickup truck is accused of child neglect for abandoning her son

  • Shannon Ryan, a self-proclaimed ‘witch’, is a suspect in the disappearance of Leila Cavett, who went missing in Florida last July.
  • Her son, then two years old, was wandering alone about 12 miles from where Cavett was last seen
  • Ryan faced allegations of federal kidnapping related to the boy, but they were dropped on Thursday
  • On the same day, he was charged with a felony for neglect of children without major bodily harm in Florida, and is currently in Broward County main jail.

A self-proclaimed Alabama “ witch ” suspected of being involved in the disappearance of a Georgia mother has dropped kidnapping related to her son by a federal judge without explanation.

But Shannon Demar Ryan, 40, was immediately rearrested on Florida state charges.

Ryan was the last person seen with Leila Cavett, 21, before disappearing almost nine months ago.

She traveled from Georgia to Florida to sell Ryan her pickup truck, met him at a gas station in Hollywood, Florida on July 25, 2020, and headed to the beach in Ryan’s golden Lexus, according to the federal complaint. She has not been seen since then.

The next morning, according to court documents, her son was found about 12 miles away wandering around a Miramar apartment building.

Ryan faced allegations of federal kidnapping related to the boy, but they were dropped on Thursday.

He is now facing a felony from the state of Florida for neglecting children without major bodily harm related to Cavett’s son.

He appeared in court on Thursday morning via Zoom for arraignment.

Self-proclaimed 'witch' Shannon Ryan is a suspect in Leila Cavett's ongoing disappearance.  Federal charges against him were dropped, but he is now facing charges from the Florida state.

Self-proclaimed ‘witch’ Shannon Ryan is a suspect in Leila Cavett’s ongoing disappearance. Federal charges against him were dropped, but he is now facing charges from the Florida state.

Nine months have passed since then 21-year-old Leila Cavett went missing.  Her son was found the morning after she was last seen.

Nine months have passed since then 21-year-old Leila Cavett went missing. Her son was found the morning after she was last seen.

Following Cavett’s disappearance, Ryan mocked law enforcement on social media, where he has a devoted following for being a “ witch doctor, ” a Florida prosecutor said during Thursday’s arraignment.

Before his arrest, Ryan continuously posted on Facebook pages’ Shannon Ryan ‘and’ Magnetic Kundalini ‘, the latter of which is dedicated to’ Witchcraft, Knowledge of Self, Kemetic Kundalini & Chakra meditation, Kemetic Science, Health, wellness, fitness, mentorship, ‘the Miami Herald reported.

Among his many posts was a 51-minute video from August 9, 2020, describing his relationship with Cavett from their first meeting in 2019 to her disappearance.

It wasn’t long after that he was arrested by federal agents and charged with lying to the authorities and later kidnapped the boy, but those charges were dropped without explanation.

The dismissal was signed by Federal Court Judge Lurana Snow. DailyMail.com has contacted the judge for comment.

A spokesman for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office declined to comment when asked if further charges could be brought, saying only, “The case is ongoing.”

Broward County was the site of the last major search for Cavett.

Last October, FBI agents searched a landfill in the district after being tipped, but their efforts were fruitless.

Shannon Ryan taunts law enforcement on social media after Cavett's disappearance.

Shannon Ryan taunts law enforcement on social media after Cavett’s disappearance.

A massive FBI search for Cavett took place in a garbage dump in Broward County, Florida last October.

A massive FBI search for Cavett took place in a garbage dump in Broward County, Florida last October.

Cavett traveled from Georgia to Florida to sell Ryan her pickup truck (pictured)

Cavett traveled from Georgia to Florida to sell Ryan her pickup truck (pictured)

Last year, Cavett’s family said Sun South Florida Sun Sentinel that they are afraid she is dead.

“I don’t want my daughter dead,” Kirby told the Sun Sentinel in South Florida. “But I also can’t live in denial for the rest of my life.”

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