June Shannon, Honey Boo Boo’s mother, attempted to give her first daughter, Anna “Chickadee”, away for adoption after becoming a parent at 15, it was claimed today.
The 33-year-old reality star from McIntyre, Georgia, now a mother-of-four, first asked relatives if they would take the baby while pregnant, sister-in-law Janice Shannon has apparently said.
June Shannon is said to have then “abandoned” Anna, then seven, at the home of her mother, Sandra Hale, in order to “move into a trailer with a boyfriend”.
According to the National Enquirer, Janice Shannon, who was married to June’s late brother, Jimmy, had been prepared to take Anna, but June did not want to lose her parental rights so the adoption failed to take place.
The magazine says that child welfare officers eventually gave custody of Anna to Sandra Hale, and it was only this year that the teen moved back in with her mother.
But the current arrangement is just for the cameras, it claims.
A source told the title: “Anna lived with Sandra until earlier this year, when June bribed her with $500 a month to move back in with the family and be on the TV show.
“They thought that Anna’s illegitimate teenage pregnancy would make for good story lines for the show.”
Anna is now a teenage mother herself, to two-month-old Kaitlyn, who was born with an extra thumb on one hand.
She is no longer in a relationship with the baby’s father, Caleb Clark, 19, who she dated for two years.
Caleb Clark says he is now fighting to gain access to Kaitlyn and told the tabloid that he wants to get the child “out of that house and away from that family”, but is unable to take action because Anna apparently refuses to let him take a paternity test.
Caleb Clark told the Enquirer: “Anna was in her grandmother’s custody, but she was still desperate to get away from June officially. June was a lousy mother to Anna.”
He insisted that the happy cohesive family that appears on television is a far cry from reality.
“You can see it,” he continued.
“Anna still resents June and stands apart from the rest of the family. When the cameras are turned off, Anna doesn’t have much to do with any of them.”
Caleb Clark told the tabloid that he had every intention of marrying Anna until she admitted that she had cheated on him.
Anna, who does not have a relationship with her own father, ex-con David Dunn, supposedly sent Caleb Clark an email when she discovered she was pregnant.
It apparently read: “I kinda had sex with someone the week before we did, but I trusted him to wear a condom, but I don’t think he did, and that’s what scares me.”