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Ariel Winter

Removed from Home

After Parental Abuse Allegations

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

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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As I read that I thought of little Judith Barsi, actress, who was abused for years by her crazy father and was killed along with her mother when she was 10. Glad this has a better outcome than that.

683 days ago


I did a 'google' search for her trying to find out about her father...who is he and where is he?? I'll never understand why one child will be removed from a home, but not makes sense that if one is abused, the others will be, too!!

683 days ago


Poor little jewess. Wold suck if she couldnt pass her jewyness down....NOT!

683 days ago

anal jackson    

not ironic in the least, not even by the loosest definition of the word. use your pennies from this worthless article to buy a dictionary, education and/or editor, and please stay away from the world 'literally' until then, you semi-literate, amateur car-chasing pap hack.

683 days ago

Diamond Goddess!    

Probably better for her.

683 days ago



683 days ago


There is always more to a story than this blurb. I don't condone any form of child abuse. Nor do I condone crucifying an adult over a child, simply because the child "says so". Irrepairable damage to relationships can be had at the hands of the courts and their jesters for sure.

683 days ago


It just goes to show; it doesn't matter what your status in life is, you never know what goes on behind closed doors. good luck to Miss Winter ♥

683 days ago


It just goes to show; it doesn't matter what your status in life is, you never know what goes on behind closed doors. good luck to Miss Winter ♥

683 days ago


How sad.This girl CAN'T enjoy the fruits of her labor,WITHOUT getting beat?

683 days ago


What the hell is matter with her mom?

683 days ago


I am keeping this very talented young lady in my prayers. I love her role on "Modern Family". I hope that there are other loving family members who will surround her with Love

683 days ago


I used to work for this family. The mother is not an abuser. She's germaphobe crazy. Not child abuse crazy. She cares deeply for her children. It's a shame her older sister still has a vendetta against her mother and is now using her famous youngest sibling to get back at her mother. What a terrible thing to do.

682 days ago


I'm glad. Some parents think they have their children throughly brainwashed. Family can be all that's holding you back sometimes. she's gonna be fine.

682 days ago


Hey people...easy on the mean comments when you don't personally know the family!! Keep your mean comments to yourselves and take a look in your own yards before assuming things you read, based on lies!!

680 days ago
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