June Shannon has revealed that the father of her two children, Lauryn and Jessica, is a sex offender. Michael Anthony Ford served two years in prison after he was caught exploiting children over the Internet in 2005. He is currently serving time in a correctional facility for child abandonment charges.
The revelations come in the midst of accusations that Shannon has rekindled her relationship with another sex offender, Mark McDaniel. Shannon was dating McDaniel when he was charged with child molestation in 2004. He served 10 years in prison and got out this year. He allegedly started seeing Shannon again soon after.
One of Shannon's children, Anna Cardwell, came forward and said that McDaniel molested her when he was dating Shannon. Cardwell was eight years old at the time. She also said that Shannon did not immediately believe her when she talked about McDaniel's advances. She temporarily moved in with her grandmother following the incident.
“I think me and Mama’s relationship may well be over,” Cardwell told Radar upon learning that Shannon was dating McDaniel again.
Shannon has faced a spate of problems since the allegations surfaced. Upon hearing that Shannon was dating a sex offender, TLC grew concerned and cancelled the reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” The network also offered Cardwell counselling services.
Shannon might also lose her children to social services if she does not cut off contact with McDaniel. Her ex-husband, Michael Thompson, is trying to gain full custody of their underage daughters following the allegations.
She has also been accused of failing to pay $100 in child support to her mother, Sandra Hale, who took care of Cardwell after the abuse. Shannon was charged with contempt but managed to avoid jail time after paying belatedly.
She has denied dating McDaniel, saying that she has only seen him twice since his release from prison. She said that she only arranged a meeting with him as a form of closure for her daughter, Lauryn, who grew up thinking McDaniel was her biological father.
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