Mama June Didn’t Believe Her Daughter Was Sexually Abused, So No Wonder Honey Boo Boo’s Father Wants Custody

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I will admit to not really knowing much about the family from the TLC show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo prior to the scandals that have been in the news recently. Sadly, now I know so much that I wish I could bleach it out of my brain forever. All of the developments over the last week have made me want to kidnap these kids and give them a decent home with a mother who would shelter them from disgusting child molesters instead of having them around every day. I can’t even believe a lot of what I have been hearing but sadly, photos back up most of these claims along with statements from those involved. Now, it has come out that Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, father of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and ex-husband of June “Mama June” Thompson, plans to fight for custody of his daughter from his revolting ex-wife and I am truly hoping he gets it because anything has to be better than what she is dealing with now including allegations by her older sister that their mother dismissed her claims of being sexually abused at the age of eight. This whole story is truly unreal.

This all started when photos surfaced of June Thompson getting cozy with Mark McDaniel, a convicted child molester released from prison earlier this year after serving a 10-year sentence for his crimes. News reports began to bubble up that McDaniel had, in addition to the molestation charges that put him away for 10 years, molested an 8-year old child that Mama June was related to but no news outlet would reveal the child’s name. Eventually, Anna Cardwell, Mama June’s oldest daughter, came out with the startling (and incredibly sad) revelation that the 8-year old McDaniel violated was her. She stated that she was the victim and that her relationship with her mother could very well be over as reports continued to surface that Mama June was spending time with McDaniel.

To add insult to injury, news reports state that Cardwell revealed the fact that her mother did not believe her when she said McDaniel had been touching her. Let that sink in. An 8-year old went to her own mother to tell her about the worst thing that has ever happened to her and her mother did not believe her and took it a step further, blaming Cardwell for ruining things with her piece-of-human-filth boyfriend. From Jezebel:

“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?’ ” Cardwell says. “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.’ “

Her daughter opens up to her, obviously hoping she can make this situation better, and her response is “I don’t believe you, why would you do this to me?” If I lived in Georgia, you would probably see me on the news tonight because my urge to strangle this horrible woman is very strong. For a child to go to the person they trust above all others to share a secret most disturbing and then, have it flipped on her as though she is somehow wrong? I cannot think of many greater crimes. And now, to start seeing the man who did this to her daughter? It would be wrong for them to have any contact at all, let alone a romantic relationship. Yet, here we are.

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  1. The Redhead

    October 28, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    This is so gross. She was just biding her time with Sugar Bear until her “true love” got out of prison. I just can’t imagine ever being attracted to a child molester in any way, especially one that went after my own child. I just don’t know what to say… Ugh.

    • Valerie

      October 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      This whole thing makes me want to throw up. Those poor kids. Poor Sugar Bear. It’s terrible. This woman is ruining lives.

    • Rachel Sea

      October 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      You’re probably friends with a child molester, and don’t know it. Normal people do bad things all the time.

    • Lackadaisical

      October 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      While that may be true being attracted to a known child molester is different from being attracted to someone you don’t know is a child molester. If someone I fancied or loved was revealed to be a child molester I don’t think I could ever look at them without my skin crawling or feeling sick because that is how I react to any other person revealed to be a child molester

    • gammachris

      October 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      I was molested by the next-door neighbor when I was 11. He was a very well-respected schoolteacher, married with 2 daughters. I have reason to believe that I wasn’t the only one. Everybody thought that he was this fabulous guy.

    • The Redhead

      October 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Just to clarify, I meant a known child molester. I’m sure I know people who do all kinds of bad things, but if I don’t know about, what can I do?

    • brebay

      October 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Terrifying but true.

  2. Ursi

    October 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    So heartbreaking for her father to have his child in danger and having to fight for her. I hope his friends and family can pull together to help him out financially so he can get Alana back.

    I understand a woman being distraught and being unable to believe her partner has done such a horrible thing but to not believe her own child? To act as though she would make it up? How can a person put their partner in front of their own child? I know it happens and I know people it’s happened to but I don’t understand it and I don’t want to.

  3. Blueathena623

    October 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I actually know Susan through a friend of a friend and know some of the DFCS people where the honey boo boo people live, so I have confidence that they are on it.

    • Valerie

      October 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      That is very comforting. I figured they were but I’m sure they can’t really say anything.

    • cabecb

      October 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      That is good to know. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Blueathena623

    October 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    And if you see a news report about a blonde woman with glasses who goes and sticks a pitch fork in Mama June, be sure to wave at me.

    • LA Face, Oakland Booty (and

      October 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Should you get arrested, call me. I will provide all the bail money, a ride home, AND a free dinner.


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  5. LadyClodia the Modest Rat

    October 28, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I didn’t know much about them either besides what I would see from clips about them on The Soup, but this really makes me sick. I hope Alana’s father is able to get custody of her; clearly, her mother’s judgment cannot be trusted.

    • keelhaulrose

      October 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Side note: is there a Tom Hiddleston gif for every situation? Or do we need to start a support group for our obvious Tom addiction?

    • LadyClodia the Modest Rat

      October 28, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      I’m pretty sure I have one for almost every situation, and I probably need a support group.

    • keelhaulrose

      October 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      I’d start a support group, but that means giving up any Marvel movies he’s appeared in our is going to appear in, and fuck that.

      My name is Keelhaulrose and I have a Loki problem I’m not willing to do anything about.

    • LadyClodia the Modest Rat

      October 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      I’m LadyClodia and I have a Loki problem, and an Adam problem, and a Tom problem. And while it’s too late for me, I’d recommend avoiding Tumblr because that has made everything so, so much worse, lol.

    • cabecb

      October 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      I’m Cabelcb and I have a Loki problem that is not going away. I feel no guilt or shame.

    • Rachel Sea

      October 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      If Tom addiction is wrong I don’t want to be right.

  6. keelhaulrose

    October 28, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Perhaps, if your kid comes to you saying something like that happened to them, you maybe recognize you’re out of your element and get a professional to help make the determination if they’re being believable or not.
    And, maybe, you don’t fucking have contact with a fucking scumbag who was convicted of touching a young girl with a young girl still living with you?
    Does “Mama June” have any fucking common sense?

  7. Guest

    October 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I wonder where the fundraiser is to help him gather the money needed to get back on his feet and get his daughter back. That’s what I count on the internet for.

    • Vikky

      October 29, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      YES, where do we send $$ for his lawyer fees?!!!

  8. Biscuit

    October 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I have never commented before on this site but I feel I have to. The “why are you doing this to me reaction” IS VERY COMMON. My mother said the same thing to my sister and I and believe me it was devastating since it took so long for us to work up the courage to even mention it. Why do mothers fail to protect their children? I wish I knew. My mother didn’t want to know and I suspect the same is true of June Shannon.

    • Valerie

      October 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      I am so sorry to hear you have first-hand experience with this. No child should have to go through such trauma and have their own parent not believe them as the icing on the cake. It breaks my heart.

    • biscuit

      October 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you.

    • LA Face, Oakland Booty (and

      October 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      I am so sorry. 🙁

    • Alanna Jorgensen

      October 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      I understand that this would be hard for a mother as well, because not only has her child been violated to the depths of her being, but she will also be mourning the loss of the man she thought he was. But it MUST be done, the child MUST be taken seriously and removed immediately no matter what. That is your RESPONSIBILITY as a mom to protect your babies, even if it’s hard. I hate hearing about girls whose mothers put their relationship with the abuser over the wellbeing of their children. It’s okay to be sad because as the wife/girlfriend you lose something too. Your whole world will be turned upside down. But it is not okay to focus only on your own sadness to the detriment of your children. I am very sorry to hear that you went through that.

    • AP

      October 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Molesters also tend to pick kids with credibility issues: troublemakers, run away imaginers, attention-seekers, etc. So when the kid does come forward, the adults have reason to second-guess the kid.

      Not that all victims fall into this pattern, but molesters tend to seek out ones that do.

    • brebay

      October 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Ugh. Yes. And they profile certain mothers too.

    • Kat

      October 29, 2014 at 7:19 am

      There is nothing at all adequate to say about your experience but I would like to tell you that my heart goes out to you. As a mother, I am filled with a futile but sincere wish that I could fix it for you.

    • AE Vorro

      October 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

      That’s terrible, I’m so sorry you had to go through that. And, sadly, it’s the norm. Children are routinely not believed or blamed when they disclose abuse in their families, at alarming rates. Unfortunately, these reality TV people are not an exception to any rule.

    • brebay

      October 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      It is really hard to imagine, since it seems like such a primal instinct for most of us. I often don’t believe my kids when they tell me they washed their hair, did their homework, brushed their teeth. But, my god, I can’t imagine a mother not believing something like this. It’s just unimaginable and you deserved so much better. I hope you and your sister can at least fill in some of that for each other.

    • amanda

      November 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      The only reason my mother believed me was because the same thing had happened to her. Otherwise it’s like “where do we go, how am I supposed to support these kids on my own, I know this man and I don’t believe he could do this” etc etc. but you better believe if my daughter told me this, it doesn’t matter how much I love my husband or how long we’ve been married, how well I think I know him. He’s a dead man. End. Of. Story.

  9. tk88

    October 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    “Her daughter opens up to her, obviously hoping she can make this
    situation better, and her response is “I don’t believe you, why would
    you do this to me?”” This is a hell of a lot more common than people want to believe. In fact, it’s probably equally as common as parents believing their kids. And definitely more common then child molesters actually being put in jail. I hope her father gets custody. It’s just disgusting that people might allow this because they’re “celebrities”.

  10. LiteBrite(UterineDudebro)

    October 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I keep reading this and hoping it’s not true, not because I support June Shannon and the show (I could give a rat’s ass about either) but because a woman who would put a convicted child molester before her own kids is just incomprehensible to me. And the more I keep reading, the more horrible it becomes.

  11. Rachel Sea

    October 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    It’s common to the point of being normal with acquaintance molestation and rape. People never want to think that their friends and loved ones can do terrible things. It’s normal to dehumanize Bad Guys, which makes it impossible for some people to realize that real live humans do terrible things all the time.

  12. cheesefries

    October 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    TLC has mentioned they will “Do whatever they can to protect those kids” I am hoping they step up and fund Sugar Bears legal actions to get those kids in his custody. Considering only Alana is his biologically and the other’s dads are not around I hope he can get the help he needs to provide for them. Heartbreaking all around… I actually would’t be surprised if it comes out that this creep guy is one of the other girls bio dads…ugh…

  13. guest

    October 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    For some reason I had no idea Sugar Bear was actually her dad. Probably because she calls him Sugar Bear. Holy Jesus I hope TLC and the internet help him get his life together and take his kid back.

  14. whiteroses

    October 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    As a parent, you are supposed to put your child first. If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be a parent.

  15. KaeTay

    October 28, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    how was he not awarded any of the money when he was on the show? I mean another adult can’t take over the finances for a separate adult person without some nice paperwork being drawn up. I forget the exact name of the paperwork I had one when my husband was deployed which allowed me to basically do anything in his name. Power of Attorney! That’s it!

    • Rachel Sea

      October 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Depends on how the checks were cut and what he signed when they were together. He might not have executive power over the trusts.

  16. KLush

    October 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    This is so disgusting. I really hope that Sugar Bear gets custody of Honey Boo Boo (sn I cannot believe I just used those words in a sentence). If he were to set up a GoFundMe for a lawyer I would totally donate. I really hope he is able to protect her.

  17. Grr! Arrgh!

    October 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    “Why are you doing this to me? Why are you doing this to ME?!?!?!”

    I read that line, and then I heard what sounded like TV static in my ears and have no memory of the 10 minutes that followed.

    Valerie – I understand the impuse to go down to Georgia and kidnap these girls, hug them and take them somewhere where someone can clear the low fucking bar not knowingly exposing the to a man who sexually assaulted children.

  18. WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    October 28, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I really, really want to punch that woman in the face right now.

  19. jo

    October 28, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    He needs a go fund me page for legal fees

  20. canecorsomom

    October 29, 2014 at 2:23 am

    You would have to go d her neck first in order to choke her. Good luck with that.

    • canecorsomom

      October 29, 2014 at 2:24 am

      Find her neck. Dammit.

  21. alexesq33

    October 29, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I don’t understand how a convicted sex offender can live or even go near children? Aren’t there any laws to prevent this? FFS

  22. brebay

    October 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Go Sugar Bear, Go! He should get the others who aren’t his, too!

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