Honey Boo Boo’s mother, June Shannon, is apparently at war with her ex, Michael Ford, after he has demanded she allow him to see his estranged daughter, Jessica.
Honey Boo Boo’s half sister, Jessica Shannon, also known as Chubbs, is the daughter of Michael Ford, a registered sex offender once charged with sexual exploitation of a minor over the Internet.
According to The National Enquirer, Michael Ford is remorseful of his 2005 crime, and has defied June Shannon, writing an open letter to the 15-year-old, who stars on the hit TLC show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, urging her to get in touch with him.
Michael Ford was arrested in 2005 after he contacted an undercover policeman posing as a 13-year-old girl in an online chat room.
He believed he was talking to a minor, and subsequently sent a naked picture of himself along with instructions on how to perform oral sex.
After he arranged a place to meet the supposed minor, he was immediately arrested. After pleading guilty, he spent more than two years in prison.
Now, Michael Ford says he is desperate for his daughter’s grandparents to meet her, according to the Enquirer.
But June Shannon, fiercely protective of her daughter, says Michael Ford only wants to see his daughter because she is now “famous”.
“He hasn’t wanted to deal with Jessica for 15 years, and all of a sudden, the show comes out and he’s father of the year,” she purportedly told the Enquirer.
Michael Ford, who maintains he has been paying child support since 2004, says he has tried to be a responsible parent “all along”, blaming June Shannon for his seven year absence in Jessica’s life.
“Last November, June told me if I tried to come to the house to see Jessica, she’d have me arrested for harassment!” he explained.
“I was shocked to see Jessica on television the night the show premiered, but when I tried to see her the next day, I was told: <<If you want to see your daughter, turn the television on Wednesday nights>>.”
Michael Ford says he is making a last ditch effort with an open letter to his daughter.
“Honey, your dad messed up, but I’ve done my time. Despite what you have been told, I’ve always tried to be with you.
“I’d like you to meet your grandparents before they pass on. If I had the money I’d fight to get visitation with you, but I don’t.
“Your mom thinks I want to see you to get the money from you, but I don’t want the money – I just want to spend time with my baby girl, so you can get to know me and my family. Nothing could make me happier. I love you.”