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Ariel Winter

Removed from Home

After Parental Abuse Allegations

11/7/2012 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ariel Winter, the 14-year-old actress who plays Alex Dunphy on "Modern Family," has been removed from her home by a judge in the wake of serious allegations of physical and emotional abuse by her mother ... court sources tell TMZ.

There's a report Ariel is seeking legal emancipation from her mom so she can be with her boyfriend, but that report is false.

Court sources tell us ... on October 3rd, after a guardianship hearing, a judge determined the allegations that Ariel was being physically and emotionally abused by her mother Chrystal Workman were serious enough that the judge placed Ariel in a temporary guardianship with her older sister Shanelle Gray. Our sources tell us ... mama Chrystal was ordered to stay 100 yards away from Ariel.

Ironically, we've learned Shanelle suffered the same alleged abuse as Ariel.  Nearly two decades ago, the Department of Children and Family Services removed her from Chrystal's home based on similar abuse allegations. Law enforcement sources tell us ... D.C.F.S. placed Shanelle in foster care for more than 2 years. She never went back to her mother.

According to court records, the judge has set another hearing for November 20.

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31.

sanity    

I am very pleased that Children's Services removed this girl from her mother but it is ridiculous that this woman was allowed to commit this crime again Clearly CPS sited her for absue of her older daughter since seh was never returned. WHy was she allowed to have thie child. It maazed me how children do have any protection in this country ALso I question DAVET's statistics 80% of absue is commited by a parent not the mother and the highest incidence of murder is ther result of absuvie head trauma which is commited by males perpetrators on male children

525 days ago
32.

LiLo's boy toy    

Sounds like a couple screwed up kids. Send them home for a real spanking. Then off to bed no supper.

525 days ago
33.

Tesla_Consulting    

"My mom's a bitch." 'Oh no, she loves you.' Life sucks.

525 days ago
34.

Julia    

Poor kid. I hope her sister is not a nut case like their mother.

525 days ago
35.

J.E.B.    

She just joined the ranks of Dina Lohan and Kris Kardashian, and Jade Barrymore.

525 days ago
36.

Javadude54    

WTF? Ariel Winter always seems like a very nice young girl. I hope this situation can be resolved without causing any more pain to all concerned.

525 days ago
37.

ratbag    

These so-called stage parents that treat their own children like ATM's are so disgusting. From Gary Coleman to Leighton Meester, all these kids have had parents who only cared that the kids hard work provided them with an expensive lifestyle and allowed them NOT to work. In spite of laws in California which require that a certain percentage of an acting kid's income be placed in trust until they become adults, the parents always seem to be able to find ways around the law. I guess grifters don't care who they steal from.

525 days ago
38.

classmate    

Went to Jr. High with Shanelle. She was very sweet as was her brother Jimmy - their mother was a wack job even back then...91'

525 days ago
39.

SoWhat    

So the abusive mom abused the oldest daughter for years before she was taken away from her so the mom had another kid and continued to abuse this daughter too before finally being taken away from her. Why the hell was she even allowed to keep this kid for 14 years before finally being taken away?

525 days ago
40.

Rog    

Small matter, BUT --- totally wrong use of word "ironically" --- "Ironically, we've learned Shanelle suffered the same alleged abuse as Ariel." Look it up in the dictionary. What happened to Shanelle is NOT "ironic."

525 days ago
41.

andy    

This situation is dark and depressing, and I truly wish her the best outcome.
On a more light hearted note, go to you-tube and search "dora movie trailer" to watch Ariel Winter at her comedic best. (college humor post).
BETTER DAYS AHEAD . . .

525 days ago
42.

Rog    

Small matter, BUT --- totally wrong use of word "ironically" --- "Ironically, we've learned Shanelle suffered the same alleged abuse as Ariel." Look it up in the dictionary. What happened to Shanelle is NOT "ironic."

525 days ago
43.

Norcamills    

Shocked but not surprised by this news. My daughter was actually a client of Crystal Workman, we hung out with Ariel, did auditions together, etc. Ms. Workman was a VERY aggressive,pushy and domineeing person. It was always her way or the highway. Ariel was very sweet and quiet. It all makes sense. So glad we cut ties when we did. Ms Workman also has her own child star management company.....assuming not for long though now that this story broke.

525 days ago
44.

King Anton    

her mom was just being a mom...ariel's boyfriend is disgusting

525 days ago
45.

Truth    

HER SISTER SHANELLE IS AN ACTRESS. SHE DOESN'T LOOK TOO BAD... WIKI SAYS SHE'S MARRIED AND HAS A KID, AGE 34. PICS FROM GOOGLE. CHECK HER OUT.
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http://goo.gl/QzHsH
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#TRUTH!!

525 days ago
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