Honey Boo Boo’s controversial mother June, the coupon queen, was arrested on January 3, 2008 for theft and contempt of court. A mugshot of 33-year-old June Shannon, the mother of six-year-old Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo, has surfaced as well as details of her arrest which took place in Henry County, Georgia. According to Starcasm, there are also additional court reports which show that the mother-of-three was the defendant in two child support cases around the same payments for the upbringing of the child, which may explain the theft charges, though it is not entirely clear. The coupon queen, as she is commonly referred to, was arrested in a location that is more than halfway to Atlanta when measured from her current home, suggesting that she may have been trying to escape police.
The family were visited by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services in March, according to The National Enquirer. A source told the magazine that authorities who made the visit ‘found reason to bring the case to court’ but a ‘court-appointed attorney’ for June convinced the judge to ‘throw it out’. The source said investigators were called to the home as a result of June and Mr Thompson’s unorthodox, and highly-publicised, parenting methods which include feeding Alana caffeinated drinks as well as roadkill for dinner. The family now star in their own spin-off reality series, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which has also showed Alana go mud belly flop diving, adopt a pet pig named Glitzy, attend local food auctions with June and help her buy more than a dozen packets of chocolate milk powder, during one supermarket visit, using discount coupons. The source added: ‘Honey Boo Boo’s upbringing raised eyebrows with neighbours.