Last week, the world learned that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star June Shannon is dating a convicted child molester by the name of Mark McDaniel.
Mama June claimed she's cut ties with McDaniel at the time of his arrest 10 years ago. Initially, Shannon's family corroborated her story ... until they didn't.
Shortly after the scandal broke, however, the already shocking story took an even more appalling turn as June's daughter Anna Shannon revealed she was his molestation victim.
Moreover, she stated that she no longer believes her mother's story.
Now after a week of denials and a mountain of evidence, June has reportedly confessed that she has been spending time with the man who molested her daughter.
Only because she "feels bad" for McDaniel, though.
Anonymous sources claim that following the release of cringe-worthy photos showing Mark McDaniel with Honey Boo Boo, also known as Alana Thompson.
Alana was the inspiration for Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the Toddlers & Tiaras spinoff that TLC recently axed in the wake of this appalling drama.
In any case, June, who recently separated from Alana's father Sugar Bear, finally admitted to contacting McDaniel and allowing him into her home.
"June insists that Mark only wanted to apologize for what happened with Anna," an insider says. "She felt bad for Mark and wanted to help him get back on his feet."
"Alana did spend time with June and Mark, but she insists he was never alone with her."
Given that McDaniel served ten years in prison for sexually assaulting one of her daughters, and June initially lied about being in contact with him, though?
Her justification seems unlikely to win her much sympathy.