In 2004 Michael then returned to Illinois, but his problems with Shannon continued. Allegedly, she regularly refused to let Ricky spend time with his father, violating the terms of their joint custody agreement. Then in 2007 things took a turn for the worse.
That fall, a court date was set to discuss Michael’s visitation rights to his son. However, Shannon failed to show. Faced with a difficult decision, then, the judge granted Michael temporary custody of the boy. However, before the ruling could take effect, Shannon and Ricky disappeared.
In November 2007 Shannon and Ricky were officially listed as missing people. Then in December that same year, a warrant was issued for Shannon’s arrest. It soon became apparent, however, that things weren’t quite so clear-cut as they may have seemed. In fact, it emerged that Shannon and her mother, Diane Dobbs, had both accused Michael of abusing Ricky in the past.