Anna 'Chickadee' Cardwell Opens Up About Mama June's Relationship With Mark McDaniel, Abuse
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, in her first sitdown interview since news broke that her mother Mama June had rekindled a relationship with her former abuser, Mark McDaniel, shared her feelings about June’s actions.
Anna Cardwell On Mama June, Molester
When Cardwell, now 20, was 8-years-old, she was molested by McDaniel, who had been her mother’s live-in boyfriend. After suffering the sexual abuse, which included forced oral sex, Cardwell confided in a school teacher, as her mother told her she did not believe the accusations.
"[My mother] never told me she believes me," Cardwell told Entertainment Tonight of the abuse. "She never said, 'Hey Anna, I'm sorry for not believing you’ or 'Hey, I still don't believe you to this day.'"
As for June's current relationship with McDaniel, Cardwell says it's hurtful towards her. "It's Mama's fault," Cardwell said. "She has to live with it. She has brought 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."
Most disturbing for Cardwell, is June's apparent happiness in her reunion with McDaniel. Cardwell is incredulous about how her own mother can take joy in spending time with a man that sexually abused her, and allegedly, another girl. Even more shocking is that June is allowing McDaniel to be around Cardwell's young siblings Lauryn and Alanna.
"It's like she's happy," said Cardwell "She's smiling and giggling when he's around. You know, he's a child molester, Mama. He did this to me. 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.'"
"Mama's not supposed to be around him!" Cardwell added. "She just knows! And she let him get around Lana and Pumpkin!"
June has denied beginning a new relationship with McDaniel, despite photographic evidence that puts the two together. It's been reported that June has been seeing McDaniel since he was released from prison back in March after serving 10 years on molestation charges. In light of the reports about June's relationship, TLC has canceled Honey Boo Boo, but the network has pledged to provide any support the children might need.
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