AFTER claiming her mother abused her, “Modern Family” star ARIEL WINTER is now desperate to go back home!

That’s the latest shocking twist in the explosive family feud that the 15-year-old actress triggered when she tried to divorce her parents.

As The ENQUIRER has reported, a judge awarded temporary guardianship of Ariel – who plays brainy Alex Dunphy on the ABC sitcom – to her sister Shanelle Workman-Gray after a judge was told the teen’s mother abused her physically and emotionally.

“I spoke to Ariel recently, and she sounded depressed,” a source close to the family told The ENQUIRER. “When I asked her what was wrong, she said, ‘I want to move back in with my mother, but Shanelle won’t let me.’

“It’s horrible! Ariel is being held like a hostage.”

The real-life drama started in September when Ariel’s mother, Chrystal Workman, caught the teen in bed with her 18-year-old beau, “A.N.T. Farm” stud Cameron Palatas, and filed a police report.

Furious, Ariel cooked up the abuse claims against her mother. She was placed in the foster care of her 34-year-old sister, a former “One Life to Live” star, and her mother was ordered not to contact her. A court conference on March 29 will determine whether Ariel will remain with her sister.

“Ariel is miserable living with Shanelle and having no contact with her mom,” said the source. “She told me, ‘I feel like an orphan.’”