Anna “Chickadee” Shannon: Mama June “Lied My Entire Life”

Anna Shannon and Mama June
Anna Shannon spoke about Mama June Jason Winslow/Splash News; JDH Imagez/Splash News

The drama continues for the Shannon family, former stars of TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Amidst allegations of sexual abuse and money mismanagement, Anna Shannon Cardwell, the oldest daughter of matriarch Mama June, is telling her story to Dr. Phil.

Now married to husband Michael Cardwell, Anna opened up to the talk show host for a new episode of Dr. Phil, airing Thursday, Dec. 11. She spoke about her soured relationship with Mama June, and said that her mother is keeping her trust fund from her after their falling out. 

"Mama's name is on every single account [as] the head owner of the account," Anna explained. "So, she can withdraw, take money out, give money, she can do any of that. I'm at the bottom cause I signed it when I was a minor."

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In an attempt to gain control of her finances, Anna worked with a lawyer, sending a letter asking for information about the young woman's accounts and requesting response within a window of about one week. There was no response, she says.

"So I call the bank in [hometown] Milledgeville, [Ga.] and I ask him, I say, 'Hey, is there any account underneath my name,'" Anna continued to Dr. Phil. "They said, 'Yeah, there is a savings account with 17 dollars and 89 cents in it.' So I'm like, 'Okay, what happened here?' So I call my mother, she said, 'Well, I moved all of it, I took all [of it] cause all the girls say, 'You know what? Just give her her money, just give it, give it to her.'' Well, she said, 'I'm sending whatever [is] left.' She sent me a picture of it. She said, 'This is all of what's left in your account: $15,400.' She was supposed to send it the next day. Well, she says she 'sent it' — no letter came, never got anything."

Mama June maintained her story in an earlier interview with Dr. Phil, saying that she had handed over the funds. 

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"I gave her $400 a month," Honey Boo Boo's mother began. "I didn't have to give her that till she turned 21. And then, I've got a cashier's check that I can show you that I sent her, which was the rest of the money in her account."

Watching the clip of her mother's story, Anna shook her head and said, "Never got that check."

The 20-year-old star's relationship with her mother has been strained in the months since she came forward and said that a man named Mark McDaniel, with whom Mama June was allegedly rekindling a romance earlier this year, molested her when she was a child. Anna claimed the convicted sex offender inappropriately touched her when she was just 8 years old. 

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While Mama June said she wasn't spending time with McDaniel again, a recent photo surfaced of the two in bed, leading to the cancellation of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. In a sheriff's report obtained by Us Weekly this past October, records show that allegations were made involving Anna and McDaniel, and that the reality star's little sister Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon was in the room when the alleged molestation took place in 2003. 

"I'm very concerned for Alana," Anna told Dr. Phil of leading star Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, when asked if she trusts that Mama June is protecting her daughter from McDaniel. Find out more details about the abuse case.

Anna added to Dr. Phil that Mama June's claim that she sent the check wasn't the only time that her mother has lied to her. The matriarch also told Dr. Phil that she didn't know about the incident of sexual abuse until two-and-a-half years ago — about eight years after it took place. 

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"That's a lie, because you told her two-and-a-half weeks after it happened?" Dr. Phil asked Anna.

"She's lied my entire life," Anna responded. "She doesn’t have the ability to tell the truth."

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