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A little more than a month ago, Ariel Winter was removed from her real life home. The fourteen-year-old, best known for playing the Dunphy’s intelligent daughter Alex on Modern Family, was reportedly being mentally and physically abused by her mother Crystal Workman. Her older sister Shanelle, filed a motion asking the court to give her temporary guardianship over Ariel, and after a lengthy investigation, a judge granted the request.

According to TMZ, the specifics of the alleged abuse haven’t been made public, but this allegedly isn’t the first time the mother has come under fire for mistreating her children. Shanelle was herself removed from the family home before Ariel was born and spent two years in foster care without ever returning to her mother.

Over the past few weeks, a slew of rumors about Winter wanting money or freedom to date her boyfriend have popped up, but this family drama mess is reportedly the real reason behind all the recent court activity. Another hearing has been set for November 20. Hopefully, at that point, everyone involved will be able to figure out a long-term living arrangement that’s healthy, safe and productive for Ariel.

Pop Blend’s sincerest thoughts go out to both Ariel and Shanelle as they attempt to work through this problem together. We can’t choose the families we are born into, but with enough will power and determination, all of us can still find happiness.