Fourteen-year-old Charity Dingle discovered she was pregnant for the second time whilst being kept prisoner by police officer Mark Bails who was sexually abusing her and pimping her out. Charity couldn't stand the thought of having another child after being forced to give her first-born, Debbie. She tried to end the pregnancy by drinking copious amounts of alcohol to cause a miscarriage, but when she felt her unborn child kick, Charity realised she had to stop drinking and escape Bails' clutches for the sake of her and her baby. After escaping Bails, Charity crashed with a friend, and soon afterward she went into premature labour. Charity delivered a baby boy but he didn't cry when he was born and Charity was told to prepare for the worst. Charity couldn't bear watching her son die in front of her so she fled the hospital, unaware the doctors managed to revive her son. In October 1991, the baby was adopted by the midwife who delivered him, Irene Stocks, who named him Ryan.In June 2018, Ryan got back into contact with Charity with Irene's blessing. Charity eventually told Ryan the entire story of what had happened and Ryan decided he couldn't see Charity anymore, upon discovering his father might be a perverted cop. Ryan later changed his mind but a voicemail from a drunk and emotional Charity upset him, and he decided against seeing Charity. Shortly after, a DNA test on Ryan and Bails found that Bails was Ryan's father.
In July 2018, Ryan decided to give Charity another chance, but was left disappointed upon discovering that she hadn't told her family about him. He ended up befriending Ross Barton in The Woolpack and the pair decided to go back to Dale View. Ross agreed to set Ryan up on a date but accidentally butt-dialled Dawn. After making an insensitive comment, Ryan goes after Dawn and the pair begin hitting it off. However, Ryan began seeing how Irene was affected by him spending time with Charity. He informed Charity that for this mother's sake, he was going to keep contact with her to a minimal, disappointing Charity. However, Ryan surprised Charity the next day by waiting at the bar for her. Ryan expressed his disappointment that Charity had continued to keep him secret but Charity interrupted Ryan and told him that she would tell her family the next day. However, she felt forced to call it off because she feared Debbie couldn't handle it as she had enough to worry about already.
On 29th August Bails go to see Ryan to tell him his side. Irene gets upset and calls Charity who comes around and tells Bails to leave. Ryan tells her he wants to hear him out, and that it doesn't mean he has to believe what he has to say. Bails tells him Charity is just confused and rewriting the past. The next day Ryan goes to see Charity in the pub but she's out with Noah and doesn't answer his calls. He gets drunk and it starts kicking off just when Charity walks in. Everybody questions who he is and Charity is forced to reveal that he's her son. Everybody gets on well with him except Noah who says he wants nothing to do with him as he's just a reminder of what his father did to Charity.Charity tells Ryan not to come to the trial as she doesn't want him to hear all the gory details around his conception. Seeing how distressed Charity is about the court case, Ryan goes to try to persuade Bails to change his plea to guilty. He refuses, saying he only tried to get him on side so it would look good in court and doesn't actually care about him at all. When Bails starts getting violent, demanding he gets Charity to drop the allegations, Ryan picks up a piece of wood to attack him with and Bails falls to the ground. The next day, Ryan comes around to the Woolpack where he finds Noah by himself as Charity has gone to court. They bond and Noah finally warms up to Ryan, the two show up in court together to support their mum.