Shanell is second of 12 children to Daniel Kingston and his seventh wife, Shirley Snow, who today still belong to the polygamist group known as the Order. At 18 years old, Shanell was in a verbally and physically abusive marriage to one of her first cousins. Two years into the marriage, she made the brave decision to leave polygamy and her husband. Following her escape, she was shunned by Daniel and the Order, but has received full support from her mother Shirley. Along with her half-sisters Andrea and Jessica, Shanell has spent the last few years helping others escape polygamy. Today, Shanell is remarried and has two daughters.