The 8-year-old victim of a convicted sex offender whose involvement with “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’s” Mama June prompted TLC to cancel the show has gone public. TMZ.com reports that the victim is Anna Cardwell, the daughter of Mama June.
Anna, who’s now 20 years old and married, and has a child of her own, is known as “Chickadee” on the reality show.
“June is dating her ex, Mark McDaniel, who was released in March after serving 10 years in prison for forcing a girl to perform oral sex on him,” the TMZ report notes. “June has been dating McDaniel since his release — something she denies despite photos and other evidence — and that’s why TLC canceled ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.’”
Cardwell reportedly believed her mom’s denial that she was dating the man who molested Cardwell when she was 8, but changed her opinion after receiving additional details.
“We’re told Anna has now received a lot more info, and is now convinced June betrayed her by seeing McDaniel again,” TMZ reports. “Anna … wants it known she’s the victim because it makes what her mom is doing all the more egregious. We’re told Anna feels her relationship with her mom has been destroyed, and the only way June can see her granddaughter is if McDaniel is nowhere to be seen.”
The network has reportedly reached out to Cardwell to offer counseling.