Despite the fact that several reports suggest that she is dating a convicted child molester, Mama June Shannon keeps on saying that her top priority are her children. First reports that linked Mama June with Mark McDaniel came out on Sunday. And according to these reports, Honey Boo Boo’s mother is dating a child molester, Mark McDaniel, who was convicted of molesting Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell in 2004. Anna was only 8 years old at the time of the assault.
In one of her interviews, Anna confirmed that Mama June is in fact dating Mark McDaniel, however, despite the fact that Caldwell is 20 years old now, she is very concerned about her younger sisters. Furthermore, Anna revealed that she is also concerned about her Mama June’s state of mind. If the rumours turn out to be true, Mama June Shannon could lose everything, including the custody of her minor children. However, Anna said that despite the risk, her mother is always happy, smiling and giggling when McDaniel is around.
Anna also admitted that she feels completely betrayed by her own mother, who was at work when her daughter was assaulted by McDaniel. According to police reports, Mark molested the little girl on at least one occasion. However, it was not Mama June Shannon who reported the abuse. It was Anna’s grandmother, Sandra Hale, who filed charges on the Anna’s behalf.
McDaniel was recently released from prison, where he spent his last ten years. According to the TMZ report, Mark McDaniel and Mama June Shannon rekindled their relationship almost immediately after he became a free man again. Furthermore, Honey Boo Boo’s mother reportedly spent quite a lot of time with McDaniel. However, even more disturbing is the fact that Mama June Shannon is accused of allowing the convicted felon to spend time with her children.
Honey Boo Boo’s mother admitted that she and Mark were dating at the time of his arrest, but she claims that the relationship is over and that they are not seeing each other now. In her recent interview, Mama June said that the truth will all come out eventually and that protecting her children is her main priority right now. Also, June Shannon claims that she has not seen or spoken with Mark McDaniel in 10 years.
Despite the fact that Mama June keeps on denying the accusations and she claims that she is not in contact with McDaniel, June and her daughters appeared in several recent photographs with the convicted child molester. Even more, in one of the photos, the happy couple is posing on a hotel room bed.
Anna said that she hopes that her sisters, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon and Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, heed her warning. In one of her interviews, Anna also revealed that she does not want her younger sisters to experience the devastation that she has lived with for more than 10 years. And more than anything, Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell hopes that Mama June Shannon comes to her senses before it is too late.
By: Janette Verdnik