Had Shannon run away with her son to protect him from the alleged abuse? Diane certainly seemed to believe so. And while police searched for Ricky, she focused her attention on a smear campaign against Michael, her daughter’s former partner.
Just three miles away from Michael’s home, Diane stuck placards in front of her own house. On them, moreover, she hand-wrote accusations that Michael was a child abuser. Apparently, she also distributed fliers in the local community, even going so far as to hand them out at Michael’s church.