Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarchal figure June Shannon has become the subject of a Child Services investigation, following the news that she may or may not be in a relationship with a man who has been convicted of being a child molester. The story was originally broken by popular gossip website TMZ on the morning of Friday, October 24th.
The Child Services Support division of the Georgia Department of Human Services (GDHS) became aware of the circumstances via such media outlets as the aforementioned TMZ, and have since decided to investigate further. It is reported that the McIntyre Sheriff’s Department has also been alerted of the news, and will look into the matter as they see fit. Sources state that appropriate law enforcement is taking the possibility of Shannon’s involvement with said child molester (Mark McDaniel) extremely seriously, as she has three daughters living with her that are still minors. The oldest, Jessica Shannon, has just turned 18 but is still being looked into as a possible molestation victim due to her having lived at the mother’s home her whole life.
The news comes just hours after TLC announced the cancellation of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, a decision which was made a day after the news of Shannon’s alleged involvement with McDaniel broke. The man was released from prison this past March after serving 10 years for aggravated molestation conducted upon an eight-year-old. Shannon, 35, is said to have been in a relationship with this man before his sentencing, back in 2004. Just yesterday, however, a photograph surfaced on the internet depicting her and McDaniel in a hotel room together, during what it was said to be a group meeting of some kind. The picture clearly detailed the two of them lying beneath covers, causing TLC honchos to take the matter under extreme advisement and begin to discuss the future of the show.
The discussion did not take very long, with network executives deciding to axe all further production of the show due to their feeling that Shannon’s children were being put at risk by her having any connection whatsoever with McDaniel. The Georgia native herself released a personal video statement just hours after news broke of the program’s cancellation, insisting that she was not involved with the man in any way and that the whole thing had been blown out of proportion. She said that both her middle daughter Lauryn and McDaniel’s son could attest to this fact, although she did not elaborate as to why and how they would be able to prove such a thing.
This is not the first time that Shannon has been investigated upon the suspicion of child abuse. Shortly after Here Comes Honey Boo Boo‘s debut in 2012, she and former partner Sugar Bear (the father of the show’s star, Alana Thompson) were accused of said abuse due to them having voluntarily given their youngest daughter Go Go juice, a liquid concoction comprised of Red Bull and 7-Up. The show’s portrayal of the family’s children also being fed roadkill being a subject of investigation as well, as the GDHS became increasingly concerned about the health and welfare of Shannon’s daughters if they were actually being fed dead animals off the side of the road. No children were taken into custody, however, and the show continued on until the aforementioned cancellation.
It remains to be seen whether June Shannon’s youngest daughters will be taken into protective custody in light of the recent situation involving their mother’s possible romantic involvement with a convicted child molester. More information on the matter has yet to be revealed.
By Rebecca Grace