UPDATE: Though several reports cited that the victim of Mark McDaniel was an 8-year-old boy relative of Mama June, it’s been revealed that it was actually Mama June’s daughter Anna Marie “Chickadee” Cardwell who was the victim.
Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June is reportedly moving on from her relationship with estranged husband Sugarbear with a man named Mark McDaniel (alias Mark Anthony Mcdaniels). Sugarbear and Mama June split last month after it was reported that Sugarbear was seeking companionship on online dating sites. Their separation came 16 months after the two exchanged vows in a commitment ceremony. The two of them have been together over nine years, and they have four children together. Fans of the reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo have been saddened by the separation of the two stars, but there may be a new man in Mama June’s life. However, McDaniel has an extremely dark background and we’ve got all the details right here.
UPDATE: Mama June has denied seeing McDaniel, though their recent picture together was posted online. TLC reportedly cancelled the show because they felt Mama June was putting her children at risk. In fact, TLC has already shot a whole new season of episodes, but the shows will not be aired. TLC has spoken about the family and told TMZ:
Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children’s ongoing comfort and well-being.
The network will reportedly pay for tutors and counselors for the children.
1. McDaniel Just Got Out of Prison for Aggravated Child Molestation
McDaniel was convicted of child molestation on a young boy and recently was released from prison. TMZ reports:
The new guy is 53-year-old Mark McDaniel. He was convicted in 2004 for aggravated child molestation. Prosecutors say he molested an 8-year-old child — forcing oral sex. June was dating McDaniel at the same time he molested the child.
McDaniel was convicted of the crime on May 20, 2004. The Lectric Law Library defines “aggravated child molestation” as this:
A person commits the offense of aggravated child molestation when such person commits an offense of child molestation which act physically injures the child or involves an act of sodomy. A person convicted of the offense of aggravated child molestation shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than ten nor more than 30 years.
2. The Molestation Victim Was Reportedly a Relative of Mama June
According to reports by TMZ, McDaniel recently served 10 years and was released in March 2014 for molesting an 8-year-old relative of Mama June’s, whom she is in contact with. Mama June was reportedly dating McDaniel at the time of the molestation. McDaniel is now a registered sex offender in the state of Georgia.
3. Mama June Has Supposedly Been Dating McDaniel for Months
Mama June and McDaniel have been seen hanging out at a hotel and have reportedly been sneaking away to get together. TMZ writes:
We’re told Honey Boo Boo’s mom has been seeing McDaniel for the last few months … sneaking away from production of the show and meeting up with him. We’re told she’s also been setting him up by buying him various gifts.
As for if McDaniel has cleaned up his act, some reports are that there are no changing him. The Inquisitr reports:
Statistics show that a person with this sort of criminal history is bound to offend again. A sex offender and child molester’s appetite for children rarely changes. More often than not, the sex offender is someone who will always need to be monitored, and should never come into contact with other underage children.
Mama June has taken to Facebook to deny that she and McDaniel are dating, saying that he is in her past and she wouldn’t put her children in danger. For all the info on Mama June’s side of the story, the family’s felony past, and more, check out the below link:
4. Sugar Bear and Mama June Have No Plans of Reconciliation
By the looks of things, Mama June and Sugar Bear have no plans of getting back together, especially with this new development. Their reality show was trying to figure out how to work around their separation, but this obstacle has left TLC with no choice but to end the show.
Mama June has come out on Facebook to say that she and Sugar Bear are now friends and have realized that they are better as friends as opposed to being in a relationship together.
5. ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Has Been Cancelled
When the news of Mama June’s new boyfriend broke, the TLC Network first told FOX411:
TLC is not in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series.
The Inquisitr added that:
Realizing that she could possibly lose her income and be forced to rely on the income of an ex-con, Mama June might come to her senses before it adversely affects her, the kids and her money.
Unfortunately, the show has now been cancelled.