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Ariel Winter's Babysitter

Mom NEVER Abused Her ...

In Any Way Whatsoever

11/14/2012 1:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1114-ariel-winter-chrystal-workman-splashMore friends and family members are rallying around the mother of "Modern Family" star Ariel Winter -- including Ariel's old babysitter -- claiming Ariel's mom never abused her daughter ... sexually, physically, or emotionally.

Two new declarations have been filed in the custody case involving 14-year-old Ariel and her mother Chrystal Workman -- after a judge ordered Ariel be taken out of the home in light of abuse allegations.

Ariel is currently in the temporary guardianship of her older sister Shanelle -- but Ariel's former babysitter and her mom's cousin have both filed declarations supporting the return of Ariel to Chrystal's care.

The babysitter writes, "As a former licensed in-home daycare provider trained to recognize abuse, I saw no signs nor did I witness abuse of any kind (sexual, physical, or emotional) against Ariel."

Meanwhile, Chrystal's cousin calls Chrystal "a morally sound, extremely loving and protective parent."

The cousin writes, "It is without doubt that Ariel is thinking evidently of her age, without understanding the severity of her actions ... Still early in these teenage development years, Ariel must have limits that only a parent can determine" -- a thinly-veiled reference to Ariel's alleged tryst with an 18-year-old boy.

For Ariel's part -- her friends insist she isn't lying about the abuse ... and multiple sources say Chrystal is an overbearing stage mom whom "Modern Family" producers wanted to ban from the set.

A judge has yet to rule on Ariel's guardianship status.

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16.

Parker    

bitch was not around 24/7 so what the phk does she know...seems like mama is paying people off!

645 days ago
17.

ketjo    

As a mother and grandmother who raised 4 females into adulthood....and a teacher of that same age range....let me enlightnen you all.....They lie....to get their way every one of them will lie mine did and yours did or do what makes you think this girl wouldn't...she 14 !... mother is no longer her friend ....she is the enemy trying to keep her from doing anything she wants to do.....and she doesn't like it......she wants her own way anyway she can get it ....and she wants it now.... Look at her eyes and that smug .."Boy am I foolin those stupid people" look on her face. in every photo the smug look..........
A mother who was her girl child's confident, loving parent at 11 turns into their mortal enemy who sole job in life is to ruin the 14 yrs old girls ...at least in her eyes...and it stays that way till they go off to college....and ironicaly mother is the first one they run to when their own darling princess turns into the teen monster upstairs.....

645 days ago
18.

Majestik    

I'm sorry, she's got a signed declaration by her father, who lives in VT and sees the girl once every two years and claims no abuse. Now, you bring out a babysitter from the past, exactly how long has it been since this babysitter worked for Workman, how long did she work for workman and why was she no longer needed?
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Next up, a cousin comes out of the woodwork. Unless any of these people have lived in the home, 24/7 they can NOT make the claims they have. I'm interested to know, was the son living at home at the time and why hasn't he said anything yet?

645 days ago
19.

C Carroll Adams PhD    

There is no way any California court would allow testimony from a former babysitter that a parent never abused a child.

The best outcome for the defendant would be for testimony along the lines of "I never witness the defendant abusing the child in question while I was working for that family."

However, if I were prosecuting I would demand a pre-testimony hearing so I could cross-examine the foundation for the statements and of course any bias.

As other posters have commented, babysitters are seldom on hand while the parent is around. That is another aspect I would cross-examine prior to such testimony being presented before a jury.

Perhaps that babysitter is not being paid to commit perjury. But that does not mean such testimony is accurate ot has evidentary value.

645 days ago
20.

Amy    

All the people speaking out in favor of this mother are people that she pays, they are all employees and not really credible

645 days ago
21.

Truth    

OH MAN, JUST LET THE BRAT NOSED KID GO.... THE LITTLE BITCH DONT WANNA LIVE WITH MOM THEN WHAT CAN YOU DO - LET HER F*CK UP ON HER OWN. WHY WASTE PERSONAL TIME, MONEY, AND ENERGY ON GARY COLEMAN 2.0.... JUST BUY THE HEADSTONE CUZ YALL KNOW THAT DAY IS COMING WHEN THE CORONER FINDS HER LIFELESS IN SOME CRACK HOUSE WITH DRUGGED OUT DUDES IN THEIR 40's. #TRUTH!!

645 days ago
22.

ahem    

Her older Daughter ran away with her drug dealing bf and stole money from her mom year ago.. That's why she was taken out of her care.. The public doesn't know the real story..

645 days ago
23.

Shawni    

My babysitter and relatives never saw my parents beat or molest me when they were around either. No one wants to believe it.

645 days ago
24.

Alice    

When a judge orders a removal of a child from a parent, there is good reason. There is evidence of abuse...psychological, sexual, physical...one of those or all three...there has to be provable evidence. Obviously abuse occured...

644 days ago
25.

Watcher    

The babysitter only said she saw no signs of abuse. Just because she didn't see any signs it doesn't mean the abuse didn't happen. The babysitter may have simply missed the signs or Ariel hid them well.

644 days ago
26.

jwoolman    

I've known too many cases where even the other spouse didn't know about physical and/ or sexual abuse by the mom or dad under the same roof. In one case, the other siblings also knew nothing about it- and the two daughters the father was molesting thought each of them was the only one, dear old dad told each that if she didn't cooperate, he would start on the other one. The kids don't tell and the abuser is careful to do it when not observed by anyone important. A tv show set may actually be a more open place where there might be more witnesses and the abuse would be harder to hide. I suspect the judge has a lot of corroborating statements to peruse, and the woman has a history of abusing her older daughter, who was put in foster care and never returned to mom. Judges don't do such things on a whim, especially in a case where the accused parent has no obvious drug or legal problems. Keeping families together is a priority today.

644 days ago
27.

Brookie    

How can people be so clueless. This child has been on numerous sets so either people for 10 years since she has been in Hollywood have ignored her "abuse" or maybe it was just an average fight mothers and daughters have and since this child has money she went crazy. Yea her and the boy aren't together anymore because he looks really bad right now and is waiting to see who will get her. When parents in Hollywood are completely hands on with children they are overbearing when they don't go to the set they are horrible parents. Which way is it? Also both parties have to gather statements for the hearing next week that's what the mom is doing. Gathering her evidence. I believe it is the sister is the jealous one of the little sisters better relationship with their mother and of her career.

644 days ago
28.

BB not bb    

It is hard to tell from the outside looking in who is telling the truth. It could be that the daughter wants to continue sleeping with her 18 year old boyfriend and will do anything to insure it, even stabbing her own mother in the back. It is also possible that the mother was bad to her but then, why was she so successful as a person?


If she wants to leave and she is 16, I guess she can. Maybe the mom should just let her go and suffer with the poor choices she wants to make on her own. Allowing a kid to drag your heart through the mud just gives them a sense of power and control. If you pretty much ignore them, then they will be self orphaned and see if they like that.


I wonder where the actual evidence of abuse is. From the outside the girl seems to have been well taken care of. Kids today are very ungrateful to anyone who has done anything for them. They feel self entitled to have their every whim catered to. I feel bad for parents who have their authority trampled on by kids who only think of themselves.


Abuse is no joke if it is real. The kids it really happens to almost never get rescued though. It is the fake situations that are usually judged against the parents. This girl should be very ashamed for breaking her mother's heart if she is only making this up so that she can see her boyfriend. Sometimes I wonder if kids are just possessed by demons any more.

644 days ago
29.

kr    

I believe the mom over this snivling brat!

644 days ago
30.

backfire    

I think these girls should see first hand or read about what abuse really is....there are kids out in our world that are ABUSED for REAL and this is pathetic exaggerations from a couple spoiled kids who have no idea what abuse really is.....

644 days ago
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