Aaaaand now we’re crying. If you’re like us and love the Modern Family cast like they were your own absurd, amazing in-laws, you’ll be even more horrified than most to learn that Ariel Winter, a.k.a. sardonic middle child Alex Dunphy, has allegedly been removed from her home due to allegations of parental abuse. TMZ reports that Winters, currently 14, was removed by a judge after a guardianship hearing in October revealed allegations of physical and emotional abuse on the part of Ariel’s mother Crystal Workman. Actually, even if you haven’t seen Modern Family, we’re betting everyone will be equally saddened by this story. Everyone in the world.
As if that wasn’t bad enough (and it definitely was), Ariel’s older sister Shanelle Gray was removed from her mother’s house two years ago after similar allegations of abuse were reported to the Department of Children and Family Services. Crystal Workman was allegedly ordered to stay 100 yards from Ariel, who is currently living with sister Shanelle. A hearing has been set up for November 20, after which Ariel will hopefully be able to settle in to a home life that’s more like her sitcom, and less like the emotional version of American Horror Story.