In more unfortunate news out of the "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" camp, June "Mama June" Shannon is speaking out amid reports she's dating Mark McDaniel, the man who was convicted of molesting her daughter, Anna, when she was 8 years old.
In an interview with "Entertainment Tonight," the 35-year-old claims that she's only seen McDaniel twice since he was released from Dodge State Prison in Georgia on March 1. Shannon says the first meeting was coincidental and the second was arranged to give closure to her 14-year-old daughter, Lauryn, who had believed McDaniel was her biological father.
But Shannon recently revealed that Lauryn's biological father is Michael Anthony Ford, who also fathered Shannon's 18-year-old daughter, Jessica. Ford served two years in prison for the sexual exploitation of a child over the Internet after being caught on "To Catch a Predator" in 2005. He is currently serving time at the Wheeler Correctional Facility in Alamo, Georgia, for a conviction related to a separate child abandonment charge from 2013.
"Jessica and [Lauryn] have the same dad, but Jessica's dad has had nothing to do with her over the years," Shannon told "Entertainment Tonight." "So, why the hell would I open up that can of worms until today? I lied to my family and told them it was somebody else."
Meanwhile, as for claims that Shannon has only seen McDaniel twice since his release from prison this spring, TMZ reports that during her appearance on "Dr. Phil," which airs Monday, Shannon claims that photos of the two in a hotel room together were doctored.
TMZ published the photo last month, stating that it's unaltered.