In an exclusive interview with In Touch Weekly, Honey Boo Boo’s sister Anna Marie Caldwell opens up about her painful childhood, revealing that after her mother, Mama June, refused to believe her when she told her about being molested, Anna moved in with relatives and had little to no relationship with her mother —all at the young age of 8.
“She said, ‘Why did you make this up?’” Anna tells In Touch, reliving the traumatic time. “As a child who is 8, who knows nothing about sex, how could I make up a story like that?
“It hurt me for a while; I didn’t have much of a relationship with my mom,” Anna says, adding that she saw her every once in a while “and she would act like nothing happened. One day we were like, ‘Let’s just drop it and get our relationship back on track.' "
Now a mother herself to 2-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, Anna is making sure her daughter is protected— which means Kaitlyn is not allowed at June’s home without her there. “I would want my mom to have some relationship with Kaitlyn, but I wouldn’t want her to go there by herself,” Anna explains to In Touch. “I don’t want Mark around at all. I don’t want to see him, and I don’t want my daughter around him.”
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What would Anna do if she ever came face-to-face with Mark McDaniel? “Maybe I would ask: ‘Why did you do it? Why would you do that?’” she tells In Touch. “But most likely I would probably spit at his shoe and walk away.”