Mama June (Shannon Thompson) is the matriarch on reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which has now been canceled after reports that June is dating sex offender Mark McDaniel have surfaced. June and her family are most famous for the personality of daughter Alana, who first appeared on TV show Toddler and Tiaras. Read on for all the facts on Mama June, her recent scandal, details on her split from longtime love Sugar Bear, and more info on the show’s cancellation.
1. Mark McDaniel Was Convicted of Molesting a Relative of June’s, Though He Was Indicted Once Before
Mark McDaniel is a registered sex offender in Georgia and was reportedly dating Mama June when he was arrested for child molestation of an 8-year-old boy in June’s family. Radar Online reports that McDaniels was actually indicted on similar charges just a year before in another case. Radar writes:
Mark McDaniel was indicted in June 2003 for aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and child molestation stemming from multiple incidents involving an 8-year-old member of June’s family. The case was dismissed … He was later convicted on aggravated child molestation charges in another case, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released in March 2014.
McDaniel was photographed with Mama June recently, hanging out in a hotel room.
2. Mama June Denies Being Involved With McDaniel
Mama June took to Facebook this morning to make it clear that she is denying any involvement with McDaniel and is not seeing him. Her daughter Anna Shannon approached Radar in her mother’s defense as well, saying:
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.
3. Sugar Bear And Mama June Have No Plans of Reconciliation
In a video on Facebook, Mama June confirms that she and longtime love, Sugar Bear will not be getting back together, determined that the two of them are better as friends. In September 2014, it was discovered that Sugar Bear was involved in online dating sites like Plenty of Fish. The couple had been together about a decade and went through a commitment ceremony just 16 months prior to their split. Mama June had released this statement when they parted ways:
Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship. We are taking things day by day, but regardless of what happens, the girls will always be our number one priority. We want to thank y’all for your support.
What’s really interesting about the cause of the couple’s split is that the two reportedly got together in an online chat room for hookups.
4. Mama June Is Legally Blind
Mama June is actually legally blind as a result of childhood cataracts that were not properly treated growing up. In turn, she can’t have a driver’s license and she can’t have surgery because it would make the problem worse. TLC once told the Daily Mail:
She can’t have surgery because they believe it could do more harm than good. The damage is that bad.
5. Mama June Was Once Reportedly Accused of Child Abuse
Mama June is the mother of Anna Shannon (Chickadee), Jessica (Chubbs), Lauryn (Pumpkin), and Alana (Honey Boo Boo). Each of her daughters was fathered my a different man. Sugar Bear is the father of Alana and once served five years in prison for robbing campsites and setting fire to a camper, as reported by the Daily Mail. Daughter Anna didn’t know her father David Dunn until he was released from prison for work detail, though he later returned to prison for stealing a handgun. Mama June was actually arrested for theft and contempt of court in 2008 and she and David Thompson were accused of child abuse. The father of Mama June’s daughter Jessica, Michael Anthony Ford, was in prison for the sexual exploitation of a child over the Internet and he was put on the sex offender registry as a result. … No one’s really sure about Lauryn’s father, as stated by Daily Mail. It seems that felonies have been a part of the Thompson family for many years.
Daughter Anna had her own daughter “Baby Kaitlyn” at age 18, making Mama June a grandmother at age 32.