“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” star Mama June Shannon has denied seeing registered sex offender Mark McDaniel, but pictures have surfaced allegedly showing them with Mama June’s daughter, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson. The pictures came out just after Mama June’s oldest daughter, Anna Marie “Chickadee” Cardwell, alleged McDaniel sexually abused her as a child.
Honey Boo Boo, 9, is pictured between her mother and McDaniel, and McDaniel appears to have a hand on her shoulder. See the photo here.
Alana Thompson is just a year older than Chickadee, now 20, was when she says she was molested by McDaniel. When Chickadee was a child, McDaniel would allegedly “try and touch me and all that stuff,” she told People.
Chickadee also noted Mama June didn’t want to believe her daughter’s accusations. "A week or so after it happened, I talked to Mama, and she was upset, crying and saying, 'I don't believe you. I don't believe you. Why would you do this to me?'" Chickadee said. "And I was like, 'Mama, he did that to me and I can't do anything about it. You were never there to see it you were always at work.’"
McDaniel was released from jail in March after spending 10 years imprisoned for aggravated child molestation. Mama June has denied on Facebook seeing McDaniel within the last decade, and her daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon said the photos of them together were fake. “It’s photoshopped,” Pumpkin told Radar Online.
Pumpkin Thursday (Oct. 23) said the first photos were doctored, but several photos have surfaced since then. Mama June and McDaniel have been pictured house hunting and shopping for new cars. A used Nissan Altima June bought was allegedly delivered to McDaniel’s address, TMZ reports.
Chickadee wasn’t sure she believed her mother's claims, but she said she wouldn’t allow Mama June near her granddaughter if McDaniel was in her life. "I would not let her see Kaitlyn unless Mark is out of the picture or away because I don't want him ... near my child," Chickadee said. "Nowhere close to her."
If Mama June is seeing McDaniel, she might not be allowed near her own kids. "Generally speaking, when we receive a report that children are living around a sex offender ... it would certainly rise to the level of concern of us looking into it," Susan Boatwright of Georgia's Division of Family and Child Services told People. Boatwright could not confirm whether her department was investigating the “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” family due to privacy laws.
TLC also said the network's recent actions are in the best interest of the children. TLC canceled the show and pulled reruns from the schedule.
“TLC has canceled the series ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately,” the network said in a statement to USA Today. “Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children’s ongoing comfort and well-being.”