Ariel Winter guardianship case returns to court
The guardianship case surrounding the custody of "Modern Family" actress Ariel Winter has gone back to court today, and a judge is currently determining whether she should stay with her sister, actress Shanelle Gray, return to the custody of her mother, Chrisoula Workman, or potentially have another guardian appointed.
The case first came to light earlier this month after TMZ discovered the Oct. 3 hearing that removed Winter from her mother's home because of physical and emotional abuse allegations. She has stayed with her sister ever since, but the story continued to make headlines due to Workman's continued denials of the abuse. Workman revealed that she caught her 14-year-old daughter having sex with her 18-year-old boyfriend, and claims that is a reason why Winter is trying to be removed from her custody. Winter and the boyfriend, Cameron Palatas, have since broken up.
The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services has filed its reports and the judge on the case, Michael Levanas, is now reading them. Radar Online reports that Child Protective Services recommends Winter stay in the care of her sister and than Workman not be allowed any unsupervised time with her daughter. Workman filed more than two dozen declarations from her friends and acquaintances claiming that there has never been any abuse, and Winter's father, Glenn Workman, also filed an objection to Gray's guardianship because he wants to care for his daughter. It remains to be seen how Levanas ultimately rules on this case.