The adorable and upbeat Modern Family actress 14-year-old Ariel Winter, who plays Alex Dunphy on the show, was removed from her home after allegations that her mother was physically and emotionally abusing her. A guardianship hearing began on October 3rd and there the judge decided that the allegations against mom, Crystal Workman, were serious enough that Ariel needed to be removed from her custody. Right now she’s living with her older sister Shanelle Workman and mom Crystal was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Ariel.
More information has broken out regarding the case, and according to TMZ, her sister Shanelle Workman was also removed from their mom’s custody years earlier for similar allegations. Almost 20 years ago Shanelle was removed from Crystal’s care by the Department of Child and Family Services and was placed in foster care, never returning home to her mother. Other family members, like brother Jimmy Workman say that the allegations are false and although Winter lives with her sister, her mother still “does everything she can for Ariel.”
Sources speculate that Ariel Winter will seek a court-ordered divorce from her parents, and the judge has set another hearing to discuss her guardianship on November 20th. CollegeCandy will be keeping Ariel in our thoughts because no child should have to go through this. We hope she doesn’t turn into another cliched child star with a terrible home life and that her upbeat attitude will help her sister and her family through this difficult time.
Ariel isn’t the first child actor to reportedly divorce from her parents, we put together a list of other celebs that said, “Enough is enough!” below: