Ariel Winter to stay in sister's care, judge rules

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A judge Tuesday determined that teen actress Ariel Winter's mother should not regain custody of the "Modern Family" star and the 14-year-old should remain in her sister's care for the next several weeks, The Associated Press reports.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas issued the ruling after considering a report by child protective investigators that was critical of Winter's mother, Chrisoula Workman. The report found there was evidence of emotional abuse toward Winter, Levanas said, and the agency planned to step in and take its own action if Winter did not remain in a guardianship.

The ruling comes more than six weeks after Workman was temporarily stripped of custody amid allegations she had been physically and emotionally abusive to Winter.

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The judge set a Dec. 12 trial date to determine whether Winter should be placed in a permanent guardianship.

Winter has been under the care of her sister, Shanelle Gray, since early October. Levanas said that if the case remains in his courtroom, he will make sure the family works toward reconciliation.

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