‘Mama June’ and Boyfriend Arrested: ‘She Came and Took Care of Him After She Got Out,’ Sheriff Says

Margeaux Sippell

“Mama June” Shannon and her boyfriend are out of jail after a “loving” time behind bars, Alabama authorities said.

Shannon, of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” fame, was arrested on charges of drug possession and paraphernalia in Macon County, Alabama on March 13, Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson said in a news conference posted by WFSA12 News.

A representative for Shannon and Thompson did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Shannon, a mother of four including 13-year-old reality star Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, is currently the star of her own We TV reality show called “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” which focuses on her weight-loss transformation. The first episode of Season 3 aired Friday. More episodes are being made and will continue to air, according to a person with knowledge of production.


“We share our viewers’ concerns for June Shannon and her entire family. We are monitoring events as they occur and are focused, as always, on the entire family’s well-being,” said a rep for We TV.

TLC canceled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” in 2014 after news broke of Shannon’s relationship with a man who was convicted of molesting one of Shannon’s young relatives. They have since broken up.

Shannon and her boyfriend of three years, Eugene “Geno” Doak, were taken into custody after police responded to a report of a domestic dispute on the highway that resulted in a domestic violence charge for Doak, Brunson said.

“But I really didn’t see that because they were acting so loving when they were here,” Brunson said, referring to the jail. “But out there they did have a domestic.”

Police found the pair sitting in Shannon’s vehicle at a gas station in Franklin, Ala., and discovered drug paraphernalia including a needle and a pipe, Brunson said.

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Officials are awaiting lab results to identify a white powdery substance also found in their possession.

Shannon was released on bond the night of her arrest, Brunson said. He added that due to Doak’s domestic violence charge, he was required to remain in custody for 24 hours before he was released on bond.

Brunson did not provide the dollar amount of either bond. Calls to the department were not immediately returned on Tuesday.

“[Shannon] came and took care of [Doak] after she got out,” Brunson said. “Miss Shannon was very nice and funny of course. We didn’t have any problem with either one,” he said.

He maintained that the pair did not receive preferential treatment due to their fame.

“I wasn’t too familiar with the Mama June and all, you know the whole TV series… but somebody recognized them right away,” he said. “They were treated the same as anybody else when they come to the Macon County jail.”

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