Ariel Winter custody case extended, judge finds evidence of emotional abuse and will stay with sister

By Daniel S Levine,

Modern Family actress Ariel Winter, 14, will stay with her sister, who will retain temporary guardianship, a judge said Tuesday. A new date has been set for the next hearing after the judge said that there is evidence of abuse.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said that a report from the Department of Children and Family Services discovered evidence that Winter’s mother, Chrisoula Workman, had abused her daughter emotionally. Allegations of physical abuse could not be substantiated, notes The Los Angeles Times.

Workman has not had custody of her daughter since Oct. 3, when a judge first granted Shanelle Gray, her older sister, temporary guardianship. Workman has continued to deny the allegations. “I would love to have my daughter home,” she told reporters. “I love her with all my heart.”

Zap2It reports that the judge also denied Winter’s father, Glenn Workman, custody. He didn’t enter the case until earlier this week, when he filed an objection and stated that there wasn’t “anyone better to take care of [Ariel] than her mother and I.”

Levanas stated that he has hope that the family can work out its problems in court. “I guarantee if it stays here, it will get better,” he said.

“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,” her parents said in a statement.

The next hearing is set for Dec. 12. Then, it will be decided if Winter’s older sister will become her permanent guardian.

 
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