'Honey Boo Boo' daughter: I was a victim of the child molester Mama is reportedly dating
By Reality TV World staff, 10/26/2014
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star June "Mama June" Shannon's 20-year-old daughter Anna "Chickadee" Shannon Cardwell has come forward and disclosed she was allegedly an 8-year-old molestation victim of Mark McDaniel, the recently-released convicted sex offender her mother has reportedly been dating despite her denials.
While the extent of TLC's "compelling evidence" remains unclear, TMZ has published several photos that appear to show Shannon and McDaniel together on at least two recent occasions -- once in a hotel room, and an additional occasion as they house-hunted with additional family members in Hampton, GA.
Cardwell initially believed her mother's denials and supported her, however that isn't the case anymore.
"I believe she is seeing him and hanging around him," she told Radar Online. "I'm hurt."
"I think me and Mama's relationship may well be over," added Cardwell, who recently married and is mother to a two-year-old daughter of her own.
McDaniel, 53, was indicted for aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery on Cardwell in June 2003 for multiple abuse instances which occurred between October 2002 and March 2003, Radar Online reported.
While the Henry County district attorney's office reportedly eventually dismissed its charges against McDaniel, he was later convicted on aggravated child molestation charges in another case in nearby Spalding County -- a conviction that resulted in him spending the next 10 years in prison.
Shannon publicly denied she was involved with McDaniel, who was only released from prison in March, in Facebook video she released on Friday after TLC canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
"The statement of me dating a sex offender is totally untrue. [My daughter] Pumpkin has openly said that I did not -- that I'm not dating him and also his son," said Shannon, who split from Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson in September.
"I would not ever, ever, ever put my kids in danger. I love my kids too much."