“HERE Comes Honey Boo Boo” has taken America by storm – but the redneck train wreck of a family is even MORE dysfunctional than fans of the hit TLC show could imagine!
The ENQUIRER has discovered that family matriarch June Shannon has four daughters by four different men, none of whom she married – and she can only identify three of them! And the three that she can name are a rag-tag bunch of convicted felons who’ve served time behind bars on charges ranging from burglary, arson and theft to sexual exploitation of a child!
Two of the men told The ENQUIRER that they’ve been denied access to their daughters by June and her mother, Sandra Hale – despite the fact that they’ve paid child support.
The show’s breakout star, 6-year-old Alana – aka Honey Boo Boo – was fathered by David Michael “Sugar Bear” Thompson, 40, who currently lives with June and her daughters. In 1998, he was sentenced to five years in Montgomery Prison in Georgia for a crime spree in which he robbed a series of hunting camps and set fire to at least one camper.
Honey Boo Boo’s mom June, 33, has also had run-ins with the law. Court records show she served time for cashing bad checks in 1998 and for stealing $3,300 from a safe in a McDonald’s she was managing in McDonough, Ga., in 2004, although those charges were later dismissed.
David Dunn, 34, the father of June’s oldest daughter, 17-year-old Anna “Chickadee” Shannon – who gave birth to a baby girl, Kaitlyn, recently – said he didn’t even know he was a father until he was taken off a prison work detail.
He was then sent to court for a child support hearing – and that was four years after Anna was born!
Dunn, who also goes by the names “Shorty” and “Bart Simpson,” was sentenced to prison for stealing a handgun in 1995 and again in 1998 for stealing several cartons of cigarettes.
He works in construction and told The ENQUIRER that he and June started having sex when they were very young!
“She took my virginity and I took hers.
“Anna looks just like me. They wanted me to sign away my rights to Anna, but I refused. I don’t know who my own daddy is, and I always want Anna to know who her father is. But June won’t let me see her.”
The father of Honey Boo Boo’s 15-year-old sister Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon, 15, is Michael Anthony Ford, a registered sex offender in Georgia who served more than two years in prison for sexual exploitation of a child over the Internet in 2005. He was also charged with passing bad checks and for shoplifting at a Walmart where he worked.
“June and I only dated for a few months, and she became pregnant,” Ford, 35, said from his home in rural Cleveland, Ga.
“I left June and went with another woman a month before Jessica was born. Now I can’t see my daughter. The last time I called and asked to see her, they told me if I came down there, I would be arrested for harassment.
“My daughter has grandparents, and I want her to get to know them while they’re still around. I’ve paid around $300 a month in child support for years, even though I’m on Social Security, but still, I don’t get to see my own daughter.”
Ford said he was told that if he wanted to see Jessica, he should tune in to their reality show!
He added: “I think the kids are being exploited. It’s sad and aggravating. To my daughter, I’m just ‘Michael,’ not ‘Daddy.’ If Jessica wants to tell me, without being influenced by the rest of them, that she doesn’t want anything to do with me, I wouldn’t like it, but I would respect that. She doesn’t know me. She’s only seen me five times in her whole life.
“When do I get to be a father?”
No one seems to be sure who fathered Honey Boo Boo’s 12-year-old sister Lauryn.
A family source told The ENQUIRER: “There are all kinds of family stories about who Lauryn’s dad is. I don’t think June even knows who it is.
“We’re convinced June never got married to any of her kids’ fathers because she gets child support and welfare payments for each of those kids – if she got married, the money would stop.”
Despite her unorthodox lifestyle, June’s father, Marvin Shannon, says he’s proud of his daughter.
“I watch the show every week,” he told The ENQUIRER.
“There’s times I say, ‘WHAT did she say!? WHAT did she do!?’ But that’s just June. If she wants to fart, she’s going to fart. If she wants to cuss, she’s going to cuss. I’m proud of her – I say she’s like Roseanne Barr. If she can make money doing it, more power to her!”
Marvin says he and June’s mother, Sandra, divorced in 1982 when June was just 3.
“I haven’t had much communication with them since then, but it doesn’t bother me,” he insisted. “We don’t have a functional family, like we have Christmas or Thanksgiving dinners, but when somebody’s in trouble, we’re there.
“June has been in the welfare program all of her life. I like the guy she’s with now – as long as he’s got his dip (snuff ), he’s OK.”
The family insider added that the Honey Boo Boo clan is giving country folk in Georgia a bad name.
“They aren’t real rednecks or country people,” the insider added. “They’re just white trash. People around here are ashamed of them.”