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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

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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You use a babysitter when you need to go away somewhere but leave your kids behind. In other words, a baby sitter usually has little interaction with the child and parents together.

685 days ago

Eric in L.A.    

Just sounds like the daughter got mad because her mom didn't want her to see her adult boyfriend after she caught them both in bed together. I would have done the same thing. But I would have called the cops on him too.

685 days ago


So a babysitter and a family member are supporting the mother. Like someone already said, a babysitter would see much of the mother. And family members often refuse to acknowledge reality. Non-relatives and non-employees of the mother who saw her in action on set say that she was abusive. I believe them.

When I was a kid, my father was very violent. Many people in the community and in my family turned a blind eye. Happens all the time.

685 days ago

Mike L    

It seems like the mother is Bipolar. Sometimes she can be nice and perfectly normal. Sometimes she can be an overbearing, abusive, bitch. And after the same thing happened with the older sister, I wouldn't trust this woman with any children.

685 days ago


I still believe the Daugher and hope the Judge does too. Yep, the mother is getting short on cash these days - calling in all the relatives to be on her side.

685 days ago


The Mother looks like she might be bipolar.

685 days ago


She is a former licensed state care provider? How did she lose her license? Failing to report abuse by chance?

685 days ago


I agree with the people who say that the babysitter is in no position to know what goes on when she isn't there. Remember the family judge and his wife who beat their daughter with a belt and she secretly recorded it? I'm sure he could get people to say that he was a nice guy, too.

685 days ago


The mother is nuts. She has changed her story a few times about her kid. She never once mentions why her OTHER daughter had to be taken away twenty years ago. It seems like the mother has one personality while at Ariel's work and another at home.
One thing is certain the "mother" lives off of Ariel's income. Why does a grown woman live off her kids? She's not 70 she's middle-aged.
Ariel needs to emanicpate herself and take her earnings with her. Her mother sounds like the type to try to get power of attorney. Ariel's coworkers should be ashamed for not stepping up but they want the ratings and money more than they want Ariel's safety. This will be one less show that I tune in for.

685 days ago


Amazing the amount of idiots here that take the words of a 14 year old girl as truth. I have never met a teenage girl that did not lie to get what she wants. This little adult-wanna-be needs a good slap in the mouth.
Sure, the mother is an over-bearing broad who needs to sit her ass down, but this little nympho 14 year old needs to shut her mouth.

685 days ago

jenny ruby    

i never said patsy abused her kids

685 days ago


Who cares. So sick of hearing about these people. This story isn't even remotely interesting.

685 days ago


Babysitter statement means nothing. Abuse almost never occurs in front of other adults or in public. Abusers can act as sweet as can be in front of non-family members. The smothering, controlling nature of the mother, as mentioned by the fellow actors on the set, is a form of abuse and makes it more likely she abused her in other ways, too.

685 days ago


This thing had BS written all over it from the beginning. The daughter just didn't get what she wanted, and she used her mom's sister. The mom's sister should be ashamed of herself.

685 days ago


the MOM paid her off

685 days ago
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