Last week, TLC canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and decided to not air an already filmed season after news broke that June Shannon was dating a convicted child molester who was recently released from prison. June denied that the report was true.
Now, June’s older daughter, known as “Chickadee” on the show, has revealed she was the victim of her mother’s then-boyfriend. Anna Marie Cardwell, who’s now 20, told People that, when she was 8 years old and her mother was dating Mark McDaniel, he “would try and touch me and all that stuff.”
As to June seeing or dating McDaniel again, Anna told the magazine, “I’m just confused. I’m hearing one story from Mama and another one from someone else. … My whole body believes that she is telling the truth, but my mind is going back and forth from — you know, hey, she’s telling the truth or she’s not telling the truth, but most of me believes her.”
However, Anna also said that her mother didn’t believe her when she told her she was molested. “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?’ 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.”
Since publishing its original story, TMZ has posted additional photos of June with McDaniel, including a photo of June, Alana, and McDaniel, which TMZ says taken last month and that shows McDaniel with his hand on Alana.
Meanwhile, Vulture’s Joe Adalian runs down three reasons why TLC cancelled the show so quickly, despite June’s denial. He notes that the series was still “a demographic dynamo for TLC” but that “the loss of the show won’t devastate the network.” More significantly, he notes that “[t]he financial impact of not airing the show pales in comparison to the potential harm to the female-friendly TLC brand if it were seen to be supporting or condoning a child sex offender.”