Here Comes Honey Boo Boo fans are completely shocked and horrified that Mama June Shannon would betray her daughter Anna “Chickadee” Shannon Cardwell by chumming up to the man who mercilessly molested her as a little girl. But RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal what could likely be the reason Mama June has brushed former boyfriend Mark McDaniel’s dark, twisted past aside: She never believed her 8-year-old daughter’s claims that he sexually abused her again and again.
A source tells Radar that Anna, now a 20-year-old married mom, confided in her mother about McDaniel’s sick attacks, but June, 34 brushed aside her cries for help.
“June didn't believe any of it,” the source says. “She listened to her boyfriend’s denials instead.”
Anna’s ex-boyfriend, Caleb Clark, calls June “a terrible mother.”
“She chose her boyfriend over her own daughter’s safety,” Clark told The National ENQUIRER in 2012. “Anna is still angry with June about not believing her, and says she will never forgive her.”
As Radar previously reported, Anna finally told her elementary school teacher about the abuse in March 2003. The teacher told the school counselor, who alerted Anna’s grandmother and primary caretaker, Sandra Hale, 72. Hale then contacted the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office.
Though June stood by her man’s side, McDaniel, 53, plead guilty to aggravated child molestation in a plea deal.
The grand jury accused him of “playing videos depicting sexual acts for Anna Marie Shannon,” “fondling the vagina of Anna Marie Shannon,” “ejaculating on the person of Anna Marie Shannon,” and sodomizing the young girl by placing “the sex organs of the accused” into the mouth of his victim.
McDaniel was promptly sentenced to ten years in prison for his heinous crimes. He was released in March 2014.
“I’m hurt,” the stay-at-home mom to Kaitlyn, 2, told Radar in an exclusive interview on October 24. “I think me and Mama’s relationship may well be over.”
Though Radar initially redacted the victim’s identity, Anna gave Radar permission to reveal she was repeatedly molested by McDaniel.