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Modern Family's Ariel (14) 'abused by mom'

THE father of Modern Family star Ariel Winter said he is willing to care of his daughter and does not believe she should be placed in a guardianship after allegations that her mother has been physically and emotionally abusive.

One day before a hearing in the case was scheduled to convene, Glenn Workman filed an objection to a petition that would strip his estranged wife, Chrisoula, of custody of the 14-year-old.

Winter has been living with her adult sister, Shanelle Gray, since October 3 when a judge created a temporary guardianship for the actress.

Court filings described Chrisoula as abusive to her daughter, including slapping her and calling her derogatory names. The judge ordered her to stay away and not contact the actress until at least today, when the guardianship will be re-evaluated.

Glenn Workman's filing objects to the contention in Gray's initial court filing that he is not in a position to care for the teen actress.