Ariel Winter suffered emotional abuse at the hands of her mother, a Department of Children and Family Services report to the court noted on Tuesday.
The findings led a judge ruling Tuesday that the 14-year-old Modern Family star will remain in the care of her adult sister, Shanelle Gray, People reported. The court report recommended that Gray become Ariel’s permanent guardian.
An attorney for Ariel’s mother, Chrisoula Workman, claimed that the 34-year-old Gray was an unfit mother as she was “too young” and had a family of her own.
“We implore the court to send the kid to her dad,” said lawyer Anita Gumm. “Being a controlling mother doesn’t mean [my client] is unfit.”
The Department of Children and Family Services report to the court showed that Ariel’s mother had emotional abused her but that allegations of physical abuse made by Ariel were “unsubstantiated.”
At the hearing, Ariel Winter’s mother denied claims that she was abusive.
“I love my daughter and I just want our family to be back together.”
The National Enquirer had reported that Ariel Winter had an ulterior motive for wanting to separate from her parents. She was reportedly angry at them for barring her from dating Cameron Palatas, the 17-year-old A.N.T. Farm actor who has been dating Ariel for six months.
“Glenn and Crystal think Cameron is too old for their daughter, but Ariel wants a full adult romance with him — love, sex, everything – and she’ll stop at nothing to get it,” a source told the National Enquirer. “Ariel’s so angry and determined to live her own life she’s sought out an attorney to get free of her mom and dad.”
A future trial will be scheduled to determine legal guardianship of Ariel Winter.