'Modern Family' teen actress at centre of bitter custody battle

THE teen star of US sitcom 'Modern Family' is at the centre of an ugly custody row between her mother and older sister.

Ariel Winter (14) was removed from the custody of her mother Chrisoula "Chrystal" Workman by a court in October, and her sister Shanelle Gray, a 34-year-old mother of two, was given temporary guardianship.

An initial report by child protection services last month found evidence of emotional abuse by her mother, but claims of physical abuse were inconclusive.

Mrs Workman has denied any abuse and claims her other daughter is not a fit guardian. A trial has been scheduled in Los Angeles and is not expected to be resolved until the new year. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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