Anna “Chickadee” Shannon Cardwell, 20, is giving an in-person interview with Entertainment Tonight about June “Mama” Shannon’s decision to believe a molester over her own child and then give the molester access to her other young children.
“It’s like she’s happy [to be dating a convicted child molester],” says Anna of June dating the man who molested her at age 8 while her 3-year-old sister was in the same bed. At the time, young June and Mark McDaniel lived together as boyfriend and girlfriend in a Georgia trailer. After her claims were dismissed in court, Anna moved in with her grandmother. Mark subsequently went to prison for a decade for molesting a different child.
10 years later, June is allegedly back with Mark. Some say she’s been pining for him for 10 years and lied about Sugar Bear cheating to become sympathetic when she was the one having the affair. “[Mama] is smiling and giggling when he’s around. You know, he’s a child molester, Mama! He did this to me.”
Anna exclaims, “Why would you let him come around the girls knowing what he did? And reportedly done it to another girl? And Mama was like, ‘Oh, he never done it to another girl.'” June’s denial continues to this day. And Mark’s family including his daughter-in-law excuse the rapist by saying the past is “irrelevant” and doesn’t matter any more.
Anna disagrees, “Mama’s not supposed to be around him! She just knows! And she let him get around Alana and Pumpkin!”
“It’s Mama’s fault,” she adds. “She has to live with it. She has brung the past back and now she can’t get it away. I’m mad. I’m upset. I feel betrayed. I feel very hurt. That’s the main thing that I am—I feel very hurt that Mama let him come around.”
Previously, Anna revealed June reacted angrily to claims her boyfriend raped her daughter. June said at the time, “I don’t believe you, why would you do this to me?” Blaming her 8-year-old for “lying” and taking the side of Mark.
There is photo proof of June giving Mark access to her minor children, including Mark touching Alana’s back. However, local authorities claim they cannot and will not intervene as there is nothing illegal about June giving a child rapist access to her own children again. He’s allowed to be around children and no action can be taken until after he abuses another child.