Invisible Children

Ariel Winter, and 1 sibling

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

ariel winter and shanelle gray
Child actress Ariel Winter (born Ariel Winter Workman, right), age 14, was abused by her mother, Chrisoula “Chrystal” Workman. Ariel’s older sister Shanelle Workman Gray (age 34, left) was also abused; she was removed from her mother’s care 20 years previously and placed in foster care. The girl also had a brother. Ariel was homeschooled starting in second grade, including by private tutors and in online classes.

Court papers filed by Gray described “ongoing physical abuse (slapping, hitting, pushing) and emotional abuse (vile name-calling, personal insults about minor and minor’s weight, attempts to ‘sexualize’ minor, deprivation of food, etc.) for an extended period of time.” Ariel’s coworkers observed that Workman would only “allow her daughter to eat egg whites and raw vegetables.”

Ariel was removed from her mother’s care and placed with Gray in late 2012. The guardianship became permanent in 2014. No charges have been filed against Workman.

Date: October 3, 2012
Los Angeles, California


Documents: Date:
14-Year-Old ‘Modern Family’ Star Removed From Home After Alleged Parental Abuse 11-08-2012
‘Modern Family’ Wanted Ariel Winter’s Mom Banned From Set After Allegedly Starving Her Daughter 11-13-2012
Child Services Determines ‘Modern Family’ Star Suffered Emotional Abuse By Her Mother 11-20-2012
Ariel Winter – I’m Going to School For the First Time 01-04-2013
Modern Family’s Ariel Winter Tells Her Story 2013
Family settles guardianship dispute over ‘Modern Family’ teen actress Ariel Winter 05-05-2014
Modern Family star removed from care of ’emotionally abusive’ mother 05-06-2014