There is no other way to say this than just straight forward - news like this is heart-breaking.
Ariel Winter, the 14-year-old actress who plays Alex Dunphy on ABC's Modern Family, was removed from her home by a judge's order after her mother allegedly abused her, both physically and emotionally.
Winter has been placed in a temporary guardianship with her older sister, Shanelle Workman. Her mother, Crystal Workman, has been ordered to stay a minimum of 100 yards away from her at all times. A hearing on the matter is set for November 20.
For what it is worth, Crystal denies the charges. But there is a history of this with her.
Shanelle was removed from her mother's home previously by the Department of Children and Family Services under a similar situation. She was in foster care for two years and never went back to living with her mother.
There is no word on how, if at all, this will affect Winter's career. She is voicing the title role in Disney's upcoming animated film Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess, which premieres November 18 on the Disney Channel.
We make people get licensed for all sorts of things - maybe raising a child should be one of them, especially if a person proves themselves unable to do a good job with it. My heart goes out to Ariel. No one should ever have to go through something like - especially someone in the public eye.