Ariel Winter. Picture: AP

Teen actress Ariel Winter has been removed from her mother's care by child-protective services for the second time, according to reports.

The Modern Family star - who plays Alex Dunphy in the hit comedy series - is no longer living with her mother, Crystal Workman, amid accusations of serious physical and emotional abuse and has been placed in her older sister's care.

A source told gossip website TMZ that the 14-year-old's older sister Shanelle Gray - who filed documents petitioning for guardianship in October after the first shocking allegations against Workman came to light - has been awarded temporary legal custody.

The insider revealed that the girls had also secured a restraining order against their mother, forcing her to stay away from the young actress.

Winter - who was honoured with her second consecutive Screen Actors Guild Award along with her fellow cast-mates for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series earlier this year - is said to have been previously removed from her mother's care as a young child and placed in foster care by the Department of Children and Family Services.

Earlier this year, California-born Winter banded together with her other young co-stars Rico Rodriguez, 14, Nolan Gould, 14, and Sarah Hyland, 21, to renegotiate their Modern Family contracts together in a bid to secure uniform salaries and are now paid a reported $70,000 per episode each.

The West Australian

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