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Ariel Winter's Mom Loses Bid to Regain Custody of Modern Family Star

Ariel Winter's Mom Loses Bid to Regain Custody of Modern Family Star
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07/31/2013 06:45PM

Ariel Winter's mother was denied a request Wednesday to curtail her older daughter's temporary guardianship of the Modern Family star.

The Associated Press reports that Senior Court Judge Michael Levenas stood by his March 29 order allowing Shanelle Gray guardianship over the 15-year-old until Oct. 16. The order stemmed from court documents alleging that Chrisoula Workman physically and emotionally abused her daughter.

Workman has denied the allegations, claiming that the trouble began when she voiced her disapproval over Winter's relationship with actor Cameron Palatas.

The judge said that he had yet to see evidence that Workman had repaired her relationship with her teenage daughter, who has been in her sister's care since October last year, when shocking allegations surfaced in court documents.



An attorney for Winter's sister told the judge last year that Workman "slapped, hit, pushed" her daughter and deprived her of food. Winter obtained a restraining order against her mom, who denied the allegations of abuse.

"I'm the one being abused here," Workman told the AP Wednesday. "I'm doing this for all stage mothers. This could happen to any of them."

The trial concerning whether Gray's guardianship will be made permanent is scheduled for Sept. 16.

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