"Modern Family's" Ariel Winter Spends Time With Niece Amid Family Court Drama

Actress Ariel Winter was seen walking her older sister's daughter to school after court decides to extend guardianship.

By Bruna Nessif
|  Thursday, Nov 22, 2012  |  Updated 12:33 AM EDT
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"Modern Family" Star Spends Time With Niece Amid Family Drama

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Ariel Winter, pictured here at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, is embroiled in a messy case of family dynamics.

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Ariel Winter may be the center of major family drama lately, but she isn't letting that affect her duties as an aunt.

The Modern Family star was spotted holding hands with her niece, daughter of current guardian and older sister Shanelle Gray, as they made their way to the little girl's school together.

The 14-year-old Winter, dressed in a black blouse and jeans with a high knot bun, made sure to keep things safe by looking both ways while her niece skipped around in a bright purple outfit.

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Afterwards, Winter was seen applying makeup in her car while Gray went into Ralphs supermarket to do some Thanksgiving shopping.

Yesterday was a huge day for the young actress for many reasons. For one, the court decided to extend Winter's guardianship with her sister after Child Protective Services ruled that there was evidence of emotional abuse under her mother's care.

Secondly, and luckily in happier news, Ariel's TV movie on Disney, Sofia The First: Once Upon A Princess, was a hit in a ratings, and fellow Modern Family castmember Sarah Hyland made sure to give Winter props on Twitter.

She wrote, "Finally got to watch @arielwinter1 in #sofiathefirst. Im such a proud fake big sister! You were magnificent my darling :)"

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