Alana Thompson, better known as Honey Boo Boo, will never end up the custody of her uncle if her parents can help it. Mama June Shannon and Mike ‘Sugar Bear’ Thompson gave a statement to a photographer Monday afternoon in which they scoffed at his reportedly plans to seize custody of their daughter, and also detailed their discontent at the man’s actions.
The pair was filmed making their way through a mall parking lot in their home state of Georgia, reportedly on their way to have their hair done, and were accompanied by nine-year-old Alana and her 14-year-old sister Lauryn Shannon. After a brief exchange of pleasantries, the cameraman in question asked the pair how they felt about the planned attempts of Lee “Uncle Poodle” Thompson (the uncle of Honey Boo Boo) to fight for custody of the girl in the wake of recent events. The father replied that he was none too impressed with his brother at the current time, and that he has no wish to even speak to him in light of his recent request and the measures he will be going to in order to achieve it.
Just the day before, sources claiming to be close to the family told popular gossip website TMZ that Honey Boo Boo’s uncle and his fiance fully intend to file for custody if the situation with her former sister-in-law and her children get worse. By this, he is referring to the rumored relationship Shannon is said to be engaged in with convicted child molester Mark McDaniel, who recently saw release from prison after going away for 10 years for violating the woman’s eldest daughter, Anna Cardwell. Poodle has been quite outspoken regarding his views on the situation, believing that Shannon is no doubt endangering her children by having them also associate with the man. He says he is both shocked and appalled at her choosing to allow Alana to be in the company of the man, given that she is only one year older than Cardwell was at the time of her abuse.
Although the man is adamant that Honey Boo Boo is better off away from her mother, he says he is only asking for temporary custody in case his brother manages to get back on his feet financially and find his own place (Sugar Bear has been living with a friend since his eviction from the family home back in September, although recent reports state that he has been spending many nights at the McIntyre residence in order to see his daughter.) While he supports the idea of his brother eventually getting custody, Poodle did not hesitate to speak his opinion regarding his brother and his continued association with Honey Boo Boo’s mother, labelling him an idiot and stating that he was continuing to make decisions that were only going to end up hurting him.
In terms of Shannon’s second minor child, Lauryn, Poodle and his fiance have made it clear that they have no wish to also welcome her into their home. Honey Boo Boo’s sister has been in a public war with her uncle since a few weeks ago, when she blasted him on Instagram for what she felt was spreading lies about her mother when he had no idea what he was talking about. The uncle retorted not long after, saying that the girl was simply upset at the show being canceled and would soon come to terms with the reality of the situation.
It remains to be seen whether or not Honey Boo Boo’s uncle will ever gain access to any amount of custody following the recent circumstances that have unfolded. Georgia Department of Family Services is currently investigating whether or not there is a need to remove the girls from the home at all, and have yet to make a decision on the matter.
By Rebecca Grace