Ariel Winter's mother Chrystal Workman should lose custody of her daughter, the 14-year-old "Modern Family" actress, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Sounds like someone just pulled ahead of Octomom in the SoCal Mom of the Year race.
According to TMZ, at a hearing Tuesday, the department issued blistering report against Workman, saying the judge should strip her of custody and award a permanent guardianship to Ariel's older sister, Shanelle Gray, who has had temporary custody since early October.
The DCFS report concluded that Workman committed emotional abuse against her 14-year-old daughter. As for the physical abuse claim, DCFS said the evidence is "inconclusive."
The department feels the situation is so serious, it planned to start the process of making Ariel a ward of the state. However, DCFS officials decided to give the judge in the current case a chance to award Gray permanent guardianship.
Workman's lawyer suggested Gray was motivated to get control of Ariel's finances, according to TMZ, but the judge shut that argument down.
At one point during the hearing, Gray's lawyer said she wants Ariel and her parents to begin family therapy sessions as soon as possible.
The report also says Ariel is articulate and has credibility and that weighed in the conclusions.
Allegations have flown back and forth the past month, with production people from "Modern Family" saying Workman was constantly meddling in her daughter's on-set business, verbally abusing her, and denying her food on the set to the point that crew members would sneak her food. Ariel has also alleged that her mother physically abused her, a claim Workman vehemently denies.
The judge must now set a trial date to determine if he will create the permanent guardianship.
LINDSAY LOHAN COULD BE IN MORE TROUBLE: Lindsay Lohan is about to have her probation revoked, according to TMZ.
The website said Lohan will soon be charged with lying to a police officer. Back in June, Lohan told Santa Monica police she wasn't behind the wheel when her Porsche slammed into an 18-wheeler on the Pacific Coast Highway.
She then told an even bigger whopper, saying her career was thriving.
If and when the prosecutor files charges, the case will go to L.A. County Superior Court Judge Jane Godfrey for arraignment, at which time the judge will likely revoke her probation revoked and set the matter for a full hearing, said TMZ. Lohan is on probation after being convicted for stealing jewelry from a store in Venice.
FLAMING LIPS SINGER TRIES BRINGING A GRENADE ON AN AIRPLANE: Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne shut down an entire airport after trying to bring a grenade on a plane.
No ... really. You can't bring a spork on an airplane, but he packed a grenade.
According to TMZ, the 51-year-old singer shut down Will Rogers airport in Oklahoma on Nov. 10 after his luggage triggered an alarm. According to the police report, he told the TSA the grenade was dead, but guards nevertheless followed protocol and shut down the airport while they figured out the situation.
I repeat: Wayne Coyne thought he could bring a grenade on an airplane.
According to Fuse, the singer and his wife were headed to Los Angeles to see previews of his band's new musical "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots," and told the police he was given the grenade as a joke at a party.
The TSA isn't really known for its sense of humor.
As if it needs to be said, grenades, along with fireworks, dynamite and other explosives are specifically prohibited from being packed in carry-on or checked luggage. As are machine guns, flamethrowers, anti-aircraft guns, cannons, bazookas, mustard gas, hydrogen bombs, suitcase nukes, and those bombs that look like bowling balls with fuses you always see in cartoons.
The singer later tweeted an apology to anyone "inconvenienced" by the debacle.
OPRAH TELLS JUSTIN BIEBER TO DELAY MARRIAGE: Now Oprah is telling Justin Bieber what to do.
In a recent interview with the pop star, which will air Nov. 25 on "Oprah's Next Chapter," she asks Bieber if he really intends to be married by 25, as he has stated. When the 18-year-old reveals that he does, Oprah offers some words of wisdom.
"I think 25's too young, actually. I really do -- and particularly for you," Oprah said. "Your whole 20s is about discovering who you really are, and you owe that to yourself, particularly because of the business that you're in (where there's) not a lot of self-discovery time because so much is already defined for you."
In other words, you have a lot of groupies you still need to get out of your system.
"You are Oprah and you're telling me to not get married when I'm 25, so I should probably listen to you," Bieber responded.
That crash you just heard was the sound of Selena Gomez throwing one of her shoes through her television.
NOVEMBER 21 IN HISTORY
Wednesday is Nov. 21, the 326th day of 2012. There are 40 days left in the year.
1789: North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1861: Judah Benjamin, who had been acting Confederate Secretary of War, was formally named to the post.
1920: The Irish Republican Army killed 12 British intelligence officers and two auxiliary policemen in the Dublin area; British forces responded by raiding a soccer match, killing 14 civilians.
1922: Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
1931: The Universal horror film "Frankenstein," starring Boris Karloff as the monster and Colin Clive as his creator, was first released.
1934: The Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes," starring Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney, opened on Broadway.
1942: The Alaska Highway, also known as the Alcan Highway, was formally opened at Soldier's Summit in the Yukon Territory.
1969: The Senate voted down the Supreme Court nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth, 55-45, the first such rejection since 1930.
1973: President Richard Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the existence of an 18½-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.
1974: Bombs exploded at a pair of pubs in Birmingham, England, killing 21 people. (Six suspects were convicted of the attack, but the convictions of the so-called "Birmingham Six" were overturned in 1991.)
1980: Eighty-seven people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
1991: The U.N. Security Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt to be Secretary-General.
2002: In a historic eastward shift, NATO expanded its membership into the borders of the former Soviet Union as it invited seven former communist countries (Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) under its security umbrella. In northern Nigeria, deadly rioting erupted after a newspaper suggested Islam's founding prophet Muhammad would have approved of the Miss World beauty pageant, scheduled to be held in the Nigerian capital, Abuja (the event was moved to London). Eleven bus passengers were killed in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem.
2007: New Hampshire set its earliest-ever presidential primary, deciding on Jan. 8, 2008. Officials announced the recall of more than a half-million pieces of Chinese-made children's jewelry contaminated with lead. Engineer Herbert Saffir, who created the five-category system used to describe hurricane strength, died in Miami at age 90.
2011: Congress' bipartisan deficit reduction "supercommittee," tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in cuts over a decade, failed; under the law that established the committee, inability to reach a compromise would trigger about $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts in military and domestic government programs beginning in 2013. Detroit's Justin Verlander became the first starting pitcher in a quarter-century to be voted Most Valuable Player.
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial (92), actress Marlo Thomas (75), singer Dr. John (72), actress Juliet Mills (71), basketball great Earl Monroe (68), comedian-director Harold Ramis (68), actress Goldie Hawn (67), rock musician Lonnie Jordan (War) (64), actress Nicollette Sheridan (49), singer Bjork (47), football great Troy Aikman (46), baseball great Ken Griffey Jr. (43), football player-turned-talk show host Michael Strahan (41), country singer Kelsi Osborn (SHeDAISY) (38), actress Jena Malone (28), pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen (27), actor-singer Sam Palladio (TV: "Nashville") (25).