Mama June Shannon has revealed that the father of two of her daughters is a convicted sex offender.
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight which aired on Thursday, the former reality star – whose new relationship with another sex offender caused the cancellation of her hit show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo – said that the father of 17-year old Jessica Shannon and 14-year old Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’ Shannon is Michael Anthony Ford, who was arrested in 2005 for molesting minors after being caught in To Catch a Predator.
‘Jessica and Pumpkin have the same dad, but Jessica’s dad has had nothing to do with her over the years,’ Shannon told ET. ‘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.’
Till the revelation, Pumpkin believes her real father is Mark McDaniel – who served 10 years in jail sexually molesting her elder sister Anna Cardwell when she was 8-years old. It is this same man that June is now dating.
But Shannon claimed she only saw McDaniel twice after his release, one of which she organized for Pumpkin, who believes he was her father.
‘I was sitting right there with twelve other people,’ she said of the meeting between Pumpkin and McDaniel. ‘It was a conversation that she wanted her answers: what happened, why did he leave, you know, if he was her real father. He admitted to her, no. I had already told her that but, you know, she wanted to hear from both sides of the story.’
‘I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to lose. I just want, honestly, to tell my side of the story and let’s move on.’