When Did TLC Know About 'Honey Boo Boo' Abuse Scandal?
While Here Comes Honey Boo Boostar June "Mama June" Shannon continues to face criticism for allegedly getting back together with convicted sex offender Mark McDaniel, ET is also looking into what and when TLC knew about McDaniel.
One month after Here Comes Honey Boo Boo began airing, Mama June's eldest daughter Anna "Chikadee" Cardwell had abuse documents sealed. These papers contained allegations that McDaniel molested her multiple times between April and Oct. 2002. Today, Chickadee told ET that the network helped with the legal process to protect her privacy.
Our reporter David Begnaud spoke to Mama June in Georgia, where she told him that she hasn't seen McDaniel since he was released from prison.
"This has me very distraught, because for a decade I prosecuted child molestations like this, and I never had a single child molestation case that occurred in the home where the mother sided with the child," said Nancy Grace.
These disturbing allegations could lead Honey Boo Boo's father Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson to fight for custody over her.
"This can play out in a couple of different ways," legal analyst Darren Kavinoky told ET yesterday. "Either in a family court action that's brought by Sugar Bear or the Department of Children Services can decide to get involved on their own."
Child Protective authorities investigated Mama June in 2012 after Honey Boo Boo was seen on Toddlers & Tiaras drinking "go-go juice" -- a blend of Mountain Dew and Red Bull -- but no charges were ever filed.