Anna Cardwell— the oldest daughter of Mama June Shannon— died on Saturday after a battle with Stage 4 cancer, and now her family is making plans for where Anna’s two daughters, Kaitlyn and Kylee, will live.
As The Ashley previously reported, Anna was married to Eldridge Toney at the time of her death; however, Eldridge is not the biological father of either girl. According to TMZ, Mama June will take custody of Anna’s oldest daughter, 11-year-old Kaitlyn, while eight-year-old Kylee will live with her dad Michael Cardwell, who is Anna’s ex-husband.
“We’re told the family had a plan in place for Kylee to move in with her dad should something happen to Anna,” TMZ reported.
Michael is not the biological father of Kaitlyn; however as recent as a few months ago, she was visiting him alongside Kylee, according to photos posted on Michael’s Facebook page. He apparently treated Kaitlyn as his daughter.
“Kaitlyn and Kylee are close as well, and will continue to see each other,” TMZ reported.
Anna never publicly revealed who Kaitlyn’s biological father is, although her high school boyfriend Caleb Clark is believed to be the dad, as Kaitlyn was given his last name. However, during a 2018 vlog, Anna stated that she had not spoken to Kaitlyn’s dad since Kaitlyn was two months old.
“A lot of people ask me about Kaitlyn’s dad. I’d rather not talk about it because I don’t want to ruin — I don’t want to mess up his life,” she said. “He’s very happy where he’s at, and I’m very happy where I’m at. We do not talk.”
Since Kaitlyn’s bio dad is not in the picture, Mama June will be reportedly taking custody of her.
“Our sources say Kaitlyn and Mama June have a very close bond — she’s June’s first grandchild — so, everyone in the family agrees, moving her to Grandma’s house is the best situation for her,” TMZ reports. “We’re also told June plans to become Kaitlyn’s legal guardian.”
(Anna became estranged from Mama June a few years after Kaitlyn’s birth, but Anna and June eventually reconciled after Anna was diagnosed with Stage 4 adrenal carcinoma in January.)
TMZ reports that Kaitlyn and Kylee are very close to their stepdad, Eldridge, so he will remain in the girls’ lives.
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Anna’s services will be held in Georgia on Wednesday.