Honey Boo Boo gets her own 24-hour bodyguard after 'kidnap threats' spark concerns over seven-year-old's safety
15:34 GMT, 10 October 2012
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch, June Shannon has hired a 24-hour bodyguard to protect her youngest daughter, Alana.
The security measure is believed to be in response to an alleged plot to abduct the seven-year-old reality star.
While the network behind the hit show, TLC, has denied any suggestions of a kidnap plot, Ms Shannon, confirmed the full-time protection via Facebook.
Under watch: Honey Boo Boo now has a personal bodyguard
She wrote: 'Alana doesn't go anywhere without
her bodyguard! We have one 24/7 everywhere we go ALL the time!'
According to the the National Enquirer Alana's school received abduction threats from an anonymous caller.
A source told the tabloid 'June is terrified. With the threats on Alana’s safety increasing, security is being provided for her around the clock.
'There was a meeting with all the
teachers at Alana’s school. They have been instructed to keep an eye on
Alana, and they know to report anything suspicious immediately.'
Round-the-clock surveillance: The security measure is believed to be in response to an alleged plot to abduct the seven-year-old reality star Honey Boo Boo
An attempted break-in at the Honey Boo Boo household in rural McIntyre, Georgia on August 27 is also believed to have triggered concerns over their safety.
The source added that police told the clan it 'may have been casing
the place for a future kidnap attempt, by someone convinced that TLC
would pay a huge ransom for their newest little star.'
Despite Here Comes Honey Boo Boo attracting huge ratings since airing on August 8, the family have remained in the same neighbourhood.
Target: The police were reportedly called to the Honey Boo Boo household in rural McIntyre, Georgia, after an attempted break-in
The National Enquirer reveals that the family have thought 'about moving, but the problem is that TLC has them locked under contract to keep their lifestyle.'
However TMZ previously reported that the network wanted to help the stars relocate to a larger and more secure home, but Ms Shannon declined the offer.
It also described that TLC boosted the family's wage from approximately $5,000 per episode, to a sky-high $20,000 after seeing the success of the series.