The Thompson family has been going through a huge scandal as reports and photos have surfaced, revealing that Mama June has had contact with convicted child molester Mark McDaniel. Mama June reportedly dated McDaniel in the past and was dating him when he was charged with aggravated child molestation in 2004. McDaniel was sent to prison for 10 years as a penalty. At first, the name of the victim was not released. It was reported that the victim was 8 years old at the time and was a relative of Mama June’s, who she had contact with. Unfortunately, it turns out that the victim was Mama June’s now 20-year-old daughter Anna Marie Cardwell, who many know as “Chickadee.” Read on for the facts on Cardwell, how she feels about the possibility of her mother dating her child molester, and what she’s said to the media since the cancellation of her family’s reality show, which was as a result of the scandal.
1. Previously, Cardwell Went to Bat for her Mother Over the Rumors, But Is Now Confused
Last week, when the news broke that Mama June was reportedly seeing sex offender Mark McDaniel, Cardwell actually jumped to her mother’s defense even though a photo of the two of them surfaced online. Cardwell told Radar:
I know for a fact it’s not true. The person behind this, all I got to say is he or she is trying to tear the family apart, which isn’t right one bit.
Presently, Cardwell has changed her opinion a bit as more photos of the McDaniel and Mama June have surfaced since the news of the scandal broke. She has told People:
I’m just confused. I’m hearing one story from Mama and another one from someone else.
2. Cardwell Says Her Mother Didn’t Believe Her Story Once McDaniel Was Sent to Prison
McDaniel was sent to jail for 10 years because of his crime, but Cardwell reveals that Mama June didn’t believe her story after it all went down.
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.
Cardwell stated that when she was younger and her mother was dating him, he “would try and touch me and all that stuff.”
3. If Her Mother Is Dating McDaniel, Cardwell Will Not Allow Her Mother to See Her Granddaughter Kaitlyn
If Mama June is actually dating McDaniel, Cardwell said to People that:
I would not let her see Kaitlyn unless Mark is out of the picture or away because I don’t want him nowhere near my child. Nowhere close to her.
Cardwell is married to husband Michael and has a daughter named Kaitlyn, who many have seen on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Mama June calls her “Baby Kaitlyn.” Cardwell also revealed to People:
I would feel hurt. I would not feel betrayed, but I would feel hurt. You know the past should be in the past and it should stay in the past and not come back out.
4. Cardwell And Her Mother Patched Things Up Just Before the Premiere of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in 2012
Cardwell had moved in with her grandmother after the molestation and moved back home with her mother and siblings in 2012 just before the premiere of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Cardwell spoke about their patching things up to People:
Me and Mama realized we needed to put this behind us and get our relationship back on track and that’s what we did and that’s what we have been doing.
5. Mama June’s Relationship With McDaniel Reportedly Caused Issues With Long-Time Boyfriend Sugar Bear Over the Years
Cardwell isn’t the only one to have a problem with Mama June’s connection to McDaniel. Mama June and long-time partner Sugar Bear split last month and it was reported that Sugar Bear was cheating on Mama June with online dating profiles on sites like Plenty Of Fish. However, TMZ reports that it may have actually been Mama June’s relationship with Mark McDaniel that caused a huge issue throughout her relationship with Sugar Bear. TMZ writes:
June kept a box of photos of her and McDaniel in the house … something Sugar Bear knew about and protested, to no avail. She would NOT get rid of them. We’re told McDaniel — who molested June’s then 8-year-old daughter Anna — was the subject of frequent arguments between June and Sugar Bear. He felt she was still emotionally in a relationship with McDaniel … even though he had been locked up for years. Our sources say June was seeing McDaniel while she was still with Sugar Bear — he got out of prison in March.
With a new photo of McDaniel touching the arm of Sugar Bear’s daughter Alana having surfaced online, this should only make their relationship worse.
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