It seems as though Mama June may stand to lose more than just her family’s show on TLC – she may lose her children, as well.
Last week, reports and photos surfaced that June Shannon, otherwise known as Mama June of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo fame, is allegedly dating Mark Anthony McDaniel, a man who recently got out of prison after serving time for child molestation.
TLC apparently believed the allegations and, concerned with the idea of Mama June being involved with a child molester, swiftly pulled the plug on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. They also reached out with an offer of therapy to Anna Cardwell, the married daughter of Mama June and also a victim of Mark Anthony McDaniel.
And People now reports that a spokesperson for child services in the Shannon family’s home state of Georgia agrees that the television show is not the only thing Mama June stands to lose by allowing a known child molester into her life…again.
“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,” said Susan Boatwright of Georgia’s Division of Family and Child Services in her interview with People.
Mama June is the biological mother and primary caregiver to not only Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, the child she shares with Sugar Bear Thompson, but also Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon and Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon, who are both also minors.
Anna, the daughter who was molested by Mark Anthony McDaniel, is 20, married with a child of her own, and no longer resides with Mama June and the family.
It should be noted that Anna was eight years of age when McDaniel forced her to perform oral sex on him, and continued to molest her for a period of more than a year. Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson is only nine years old herself – and yet, as previously reported, and with the pictures to prove it – Mama June has no problem in allowing Mark McDaniel to have contact with Alana.
Privacy laws prevent Boatwright from confirming whether or not there is any ongoing investigations against June Shannon, but she did say, “From our point of view, when there are young children who are not able to protect themselves that are in daily contact or living with a sex offender, someone would go out and assess the situation and decide whether the children can stay there or not. If we thought a child was in harm’s way in any way, shape or form, we would develop a safety plan and make sure the children are not around an offender.”
No matter how much Mama June continues to deny allegations that she is dating the man who molested her daughter, evidence continues to mount, and it seems as though the state of Georgia could be instrumental in preventing Mark McDaniel from harming another one of June Shannon’s daughters, even if Mama June herself seems unwilling to protect them!
For more on the unfolding scandal surrounding June Shannon and her incredibly questionable and inappropriate relationship with Mark McDaniel, read Honey Boo Boo Scandal: Is There More To The Story Than Mama June Wants To Admit?
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