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'Modern Family' Star Ariel Winter Free From Mom

Modern Family star Ariel Winter's real-life family just got a little less troublesome, thanks to a judge who refused to return her to the custody of her allegedly abusive mother.

The 15-year-old was placed in the care of her 34-year-old sister Shanelle Gray after Gray claimed that mom Chrystal Workman was abusing the teenager physically and emotionally. The older sister alleged that Workman "slapped, pushed and starved" Winter over the course of several years -- which she denies.

The judge in the case ordered all parties to return for a hearing on September 16th.

Source: New York Post

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