It’s been determined that Modern Family star Ariel Winter will remain in the care of her older sister for the next few weeks.
The Toronto Star reports that a court found that there had been evidence of emotional abuse towards the 14 year-old star by her mother Chrisoula Workman, with a child protective investigating group threatening to step in if Winter did not remain in a guardianship elsewhere. The initially stripping of custody occurred six weeks ago when Workman was found to have been emotionally and physically abusive towards the teenager, and the latest news means that a date of December 12 has been set to determine whether she should be placed in a permanent guardianship or not.
Shanelle Gray has currently been looking after Winter, a guardianship that has been contested by both Winter’s mother and father, Glenn Workman. For her part, Chrisoula is denying all claims of abuse, whilst Glenn wants to get to know his daughter better and has offered to take care of her. “Even the judge today agreed that reunification is so important for a family, and while Ariel is still temporarily with her sister for now, we remain hopeful she will be home soon,” the pair said in a statement. The issue with Gray also stems from the fact that she was taken from her mother Workman’s care in the 1990s amid accusations of abuse, acrimony still very much evident between the two parties.