Anna Marie Cardwell (nee Shannon) confirms she was abused as a child by Mark McDaniel, the convicted molester who reportedly dated her mom June Shannon.
This was years before she and her family became reality stars, a stint that’s now over after TLC canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo last week.
Now 20, Anna Shannon says registered sex offender McDaniel “would try and touch me and all that stuff” when she was eight and he dated her mom.
Cardwell, who went by “Chickadee” on the show, says she doesn’t know what to believe in the wake of shocking reports that June is seeing him again.
“I’m just confused,” she says of the scandal that got the hit show canceled. “I’m hearing one story from Mama and another one from someone else.”
The question of whether June Shannon and Mark McDaniel are still involved romantically has been hotly debated, and denied by the former on social media.
McDaniel released from a Georgia prison in March after serving a 10-year sentence for aggravated child molestation, and June says they are not dating.
“Mama said the story isn’t true and she hasn’t seen Mark since he’s been out of jail,” Cardwell says. “My whole body believes that she is telling the truth.”
“But my mind is going back and forth,” she admits, “from you know, hey, she’s telling the truth or she’s not telling the truth, but most of me believes her.”
She may want to go with her mind on this one. According to reports, she was car and house hunting with him earlier this fall. There are even photos.
Cardwell also says that June, who split with partner Sugar Bear earlier this year, was skeptical of Anna’s abuse claims back when McDaniel was arrested.
“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,'” Anna laments. “‘You were never there to see it you were always at work.'”
Cardwell moved in with her grandmother after the molestation, only moving back in with Shannon in 2012 before Here Comes Honey Boo Boo‘s premiere.
“Me and Mama realized we needed to put this behind us and get our relationship back on track and that’s what we did, that’s what we have been doing,” Cardwell says.
This family is way more famous than you are. It’s just unclear why, exactly.
Cardwell, who is a mom to 2-year-old daughter Kaitlyn, says that if the dating rumors are true, she would be sad and worried for her own little girl.
“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.”
“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,” Anna says. “Nowhere close.”
Better keep your guard up, Anna.
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