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'Modern Family' teen to stay with sister until trial, judge rules

November 20, 2012 |  2:53 pm

Photo: "Modern Family" cast members Ariel Winter and Sofia Vergara in 2011. Credit: Ray Mickshaw / Fox Boradcasting Co.

Teen actress Ariel Winter of "Modern Family" will stay with her sister under temporary guardianship and her case will be set for trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said a report by the county Department of Children and Family Services found physical abuse allegations made by Winter against her mother inconclusive and emotional abuse allegations substantiated.

The judge on Oct. 3 temporarily stripped Chrisoula Workman of custody of her daughter. Workman has denied all accusations of abuse and filed more than two dozen declarations from friends, acquaintances, stylists and others saying they never witnessed any abuse.

Winter's father, Glenn Workman, also filed an objection to the guardianship late Monday, stating he wants a better relationship with his daughter and would be willing to care for her. Winter, 14, has been in the care of her adult sister, Shanelle Gray, who was removed from Chrisoula Workman's care in the 1990s amid accusations of abuse.

Winter has been acting since age 7 and currently stars as Alex Dunphy on the hit ABC series “Modern Family.”

Winter alleged in a court filing that she was subject to ongoing physical and mental abuse by her mother.

Three days after Ariel took legal action to split from her mother, Chrisoula Workman reported to the sheriff's Crescenta Valley station that her daughter's 18-year-old boyfriend had had unlawful sex with the underage actress.

Chrisoula Workman contends she discovered her daughter in the guest bedroom of her Montrose home on Sept. 24 in bed with a young man, believed to be 18, according to sources not authorized to discuss the investigation.

The young man was described as the teenage actress' boyfriend of several months, according to the sources. According to sources, the teenagers have denied doing anything unlawful. Detectives have been unable to substantiate Ariel's abuse allegations, but the investigation is continuing.


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Photo: "Modern Family" cast members Ariel Winter and Sofia Vergara in 2011. Credit: Ray Mickshaw / Fox