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Is Mama June really dating a convicted child molester?

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Honey Boo Boo's sister Pumpkin weighs in on Mama June's rumored new relationship

Mama June Shannon made headlines earlier this week for a very disturbing reason: She had reportedly rekindled her romance with her alleged ex-boyfriend, Mark McDaniel — a sex offender who recently served time for "aggravated child molestation."

Obviously there was reason to be concerned, especially given the fact that her daughter, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, is just 9 years old. However, according to one of Mama June's other daughters, Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon, the dating rumors are all rubbish!

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"The story is not true. My mom left Mark 10 years ago," Pumpkin revealed to RadarOnline. "They haven't seen nor talked [to each other] in 10 years."

Since Mama June's split from Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson in September  (because he was allegedly trolling the internet for other women), it's not just McDaniel that Mama June has no interest in, it's all men!

"She is all about the kids. She only needs us girls, no one else," Pumpkin explained about her mom's dating life. "We are all sticking together as one happy family with us four girls."

The evidence that Mama June and McDaniel were in a relationship was pretty damning, considering that there was a picture allegedly taken a month ago of the pair enjoying time together on a hotel bed — or were they?

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Pumpkin insists that that this meeting never took place and that the photo is "Photoshopped."

According to TMZ, McDaniel has just served a 10-year sentence for aggravated child molestation, and the site reports that prosecutors say he molested an 8-year-old child by forcing them to perform oral sex. McDaniel is a registered sex offender in the state of Georgia.

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