Ariel Winter, the 14-year-old actress who appears on the Emmy-winning show 'Modern Family,' was removed from her home by order of a judge after emotional and physical abuse allegations were lodged against her mother.

That's a modern family in the saddest way possible.

According to reports from TMZ, the judge in a guardianship hearing held on Oct. 3 found the abuse allegations against Ariel's mom Chrisoula Crystal Workman (that's a name) to be viable, and Winter's older sister Shanelle (that is, too) was given temporary guardianship.

The action was brought by Shanelle, who says her mother has slapped, hit and pushed Ariel, not to mention perpetrating abuse in the form of “vile name calling, personal insults about [her and her weight], attempts to ‘sexualize’ [her], deprivation of food, etc. for an extended period of time.”

In addition to removal of custody, Chrisoula or Crystal or ChiChi or whatever was ordered to remain 100 yards away from her daughter.

Shanelle, who is also an actress, faced a similar situation 20 years ago when she was removed by the Department of Children and Family Services and placed in the foster system for nearly two years. Her mother was never re-granted custody.

Despite all this, the ladies' brother Jimmy Workman (who played Pugsly in the 'Addams Family' movies) is standing beside the family matriarch, telling Us Weekly, "The allegations made 20 years ago are not true and the ones today are not true ... This is a mother who does everything for her kids [and she] misses Ariel and wants her to come home."

In the meantime, ChiChi has denied the allegations, and claims she has letters from stylists to back up her claims that she's a good mom. Because stylists are always your go-to source in a family drama. The hell?

Another hearing is set for Nov. 20, where hopefully lessons will be learned and history can avoid repeating itself.

And if not, there's always emancipation -- which means Ariel would have sole claim to that sweet $70,000 an episode salary she now earns.

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