Ariel Winter, the 14-year old who stars as Alex on Modern Family, is at the center of a child abuse scandal.
Here is what we know so far, courtesy of TMZ:
A judge has ordered the young actress to be removed from her home amidst charges of physical and emotional abuse against her mother, Crystal Workman.
Court sources tell the site that a guardianship hearing took place on October 3, during which a judge deemed that allegations against Workman were legitimate enough to warrant further investigation.
In the meantime, she was ordered to remain 100 yards away from Winter and the actress was sent to live with her older sister, Shanelle Workman.
Incredibly (and sadly) Shanelle was a victim of the same alleged abuse nearly 20 years ago, as the Department of Children and Family Services ALSO removed her from Crystal's home.
Law enforcement insiders say the organization placed Shanelle in foster care for approximately two years and she never resided with her mother again.
Another hearing concerning Ariel has been set for November 20.