Why Was Honey Boo Boo Allowed to Stay with Mama June After Sex Offender Story?

Days after news broke that “Honey Boo Boo” star Mama June was reportedly dating convicted sex offender Mark McDaniel, a Georgia child protection service agency investigated to see if 9-year-old Alana Thompson was at risk, says new report.

Why Was Honey Boo Boo Allowed to Stay with Mama June After Sex Offender Story?

According to, CPS told Mama June that as long as Alana’s father, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, lived in the home with them, June could maintain custody.

Sources told Radar, “Social workers weren’t comfortable with only one adult supervising the three minor children; Honey Boo Boo, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, 14, and Jessica “Chubbs,” 17. Alana has missed having her daddy in the house, and it was suggested by the department that he move back into the house while the investigation was still ongoing. Sugar Bear agreed to do it, but wasn’t happy about it.”

The insider added, “Sugar Bear and Mama June can’t even be in the same room together at the small house. He doesn’t believe her constant denials in the media that she only saw Mark McDaniel twice. He is only staying in the house so the girls don’t get taken away from June. Sugar Bear is being used as a pawn, and he knows it. It’s a sad situation.”

A spokesperson for the agency told Radar, “The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is charged with investigating and providing support services to families who are at-risk of child abuse and neglect​. Georgia law specifically … obligates the agency to protect the privacy of children who come to its attention, and therefore, the agency is prohibited from confirming and/or denying involvement with any family.”

Mama June’s oldest daughter, Anna Shannon Cardwell, 20, has confirmed that she was molested by McDaniel.