'Modern Family' Star Ariel Winter's Family Doctors Defend Her Mother: 'There Has Never Been Any Evidence of an Abusive Relationship' (EXCLUSIVE)
In yet another twist in the allegations of parental abuse involving young star Ariel Winter, the family's pediatrician has signed a letter defending the woman accused of delivering years of emotional and physical abuse, Chris Workman
"There has never been any evidence of an abusive relationship in regards to Ariel,” John Rodarte, M.D. wrote a letter dated Oct. 18, 2012, two weeks after the 14-year-old asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to place her under the guardianship of her older sister, Shanelle Gray.
The doctor added, "Ariel ‘Winter’ Workman has been a patient of ours since 1998. Her mother has always been conscientious in bringing Ariel to her appointments."
As Celebuzz exclusively reported, Workman has claimed the real reason her daughter went to court was because she attempted to break-up her daughter and her older boyfriend.
Indeed, Winter's mother filed an incident report with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department allegedly caught her 14-year-old daughter engaged in a sexual act with an 18-year-old man, who Celebuzz has decided not to name.
A missive from a second pediatrician was also provided to police and the court to defend Workman against claims she abused Shanelle Gray, too.
Virginia-based pediatrician Carl Hanfling, M.D. wrote, in a a letter dated May 27, 1994, that he “never observed… negligence or child abuse.”
“Shanelle Workman has been a patient of mine since birth," Hanfling said.
"I or my staff have never observed any suggestion of negligence or child abuse. On the contrary, both parents have always demonstrated extraordinary concern and have been loving, caring mother and father.”
Faced with the allegations, a judge not only granted temporary custody but also ordered Workman not to come within 100 yards of her daughter.
A representative for Winter did not want to comment about the case or the police filing when approached late on Thursday.
“On 09-24-12, at approximately 2200-hours, she walked in the guest bedroom of her home and found her daughter, Ariel Winter Workman, in bed with boyfriend, [Name Redacted],” the three-page report claims.
Workman told the Sheriff explicit details about what she saw when she walked into the room at her Montrose, Calif. home. Celebuzz has chosen not to report the full recollections of Workman because of the graphic account.
“The informant (Workman) said the guest bedroom door was left wide open when she walked in,” Workman told police.
“According to the informant, Ariel and [Name Redacted] have been boyfriend/girlfriend for approximately 5 months. She has attempted to break them up because of their age difference.”
-- Additional Reporting by Dylan Howard
Celebuzz Editor in Chief Dylan Howard joins 'The Daily Buzz' host Hyla to break down the latest developments in the Ariel Winter case, below.