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Ever since news broke that June Shannon is dating Mark McDaniel, many have wondered why any mother would expose her children to a convicted child molester.

Now we have new insight as to why “Mama June” continues to associate with McDaniel.

In an interview with Dr. Drew Pinksy last night, June’s daughter Anna Shannon dropped the bombshell revelation that June believes McDaniel is the father of her 15-year-old daughter, Lauryn, who is better known to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo fans as “Pumpkin.”

Lauryn Shannon and Hubby

“[Mark] was supposed to be [Lauryn’s] so-called father or whatever it is,” Anna said in the interview.  “Mama does not know who Pumpkin’s dad is and Pumpkin believes it’s Mark.”

Anna previously revealed that June doesn’t believe McDaniel had abused her. Now it seems that June has also convinced Lauryn that the allegations are untrue:


“Mama is making her believe that someone who did that to me is her father,” Anna says. “Now Pumpkin hates me for it.”

Last month, it was reported that Lauryn Shannon was forced to watch the abuse take place when she was just three years old. 

Lauryn has not spoken publicly about the abuse allegations or her mother’s relationship with McDaniel.

According to Anna, however, Lauryn has sided with her mother and believes that McDaniel was falsely convicted. It is not known at this time if June Shannon has any evidence that McDaniel is Lauryn’s father.