Child custody in jeopardy over relationship with molester

Some New Yorkers who may have watched or even become fans of the Georgia-based reality TV show, "Here Comes Honey Boo," won't be watching the family on TLC any longer. Earlier this month, the network lowered the boom on production of future episodes of the show and ceased airing past shows after allegations arose over the family matriarch's association with a convicted child molester.

"Mama" June Shannon's oldest daughter, Anna, 20, -- nicknamed "Chickadee" -- has come forth with information that her mother's alleged new paramour was released this year from prison after serving time for molesting her a dozen years ago when she was 8 years old.

According to court documents, the man molested her on multiple occasions between April and October of 2002.

June Shannon posted a denial that she had rekindled the old relationship with her daughter's molester onto her Facebook account. However, the website TMZ posted photos that appear to show the two house-hunting in Georgia together.

The recent turn of events may lead to Honey Boo Boo's father, Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson, to seek custody of his daughter in order to protect her.

A legal analyst spoke out and said that the matter could be resolved in two ways. "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."

This would not be the first time that the family came under the scrutiny of Child Protective Services. When they appeared on an episode of "Toddlers & Tiaras" in 2012, Mama June was investigated for allowing Honey Boo Boo to drink a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew that they referred to as "go-go juice." No criminal charges arose from the investigation.

But one psychotherapist isn't pulling any punches, calling the mother "in denial . . . selfish . . . narcissistic . . . delusional and . . . an unfit mom."

The family's situation underscores the importance of keeping undesirable people like convicted child molesters away from one's children to keep them safe and to avoid a nasty custody battle. The impropriety of allowing one daughter's molester to spend any amount of time around her minor siblings should be obvious to most parents, as it likely will be to a judge.

Source:, "Honey Boo Boo' Scandal Could Lead To Custody Battle" Oct. 29, 2014

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