Food Network contestant accused of killing foster child will take stand

Food Network contestant Ariel Robinson, accused of killing her adopted daughter at her South Carolina home, said Wednesday that she plans to stand up at her murder trial, according to local reports.

In January 2021, Robinson, 30, and her husband Jerry “Austin” Robinson, 35, were arrested and charged with child abuse homicide following the death of their adopted daughter Victoria “Tori” Rose-Smith, 3, in January 2021. , Greenville County records show. Austin pleaded guilty last month to aiding and abetting the child abuse homicide.

Ariel Robinson’s trial began Monday, and on Wednesday the winner of “America’s Worst Chef” season 20 told Judge Letitia Verdin that she planned to stand up for herself, Fox Carolina reported.

Based on the medical examination, the Greenville County coroner’s office said Smith died from blunt force trauma last year.

Prosecutors argue that the Robinsons fatally assaulted the 3-year-old girl on January 14, 2021, when police found the girl unresponsive in the home. Greenville County’s chief medical examiner, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Ward, testified that the toddler was beaten with ruptured blood vessels, causing blood to pool in her muscles and fat, Fox Carolina reported. , which may have resulted in her death.

Robinson and her husband were arrested and charged with child abuse homicide in January 2021.
Simpsonville Police Department

“If we lose enough blood, the heart doesn’t have enough capacity to pump,” he said.

Austin previously told authorities that the fatal beating originated on January 13, 2021, when he said Ariel was angry with the child after Tory vomited on the way to church.

Witnesses Jean Smith and Avery Santiago testified Wednesday that they saw Ariel and an undressed Tori in the church bathroom as Ariel tried to wash the girl’s skirt in the sink. Smith said she asked Ariel if Tori was sick, and Ariel apparently told her the child “eats so much and makes herself vomit,” calling it “game.”

A forensic pathologist testified that Victoria Rose Smith was beaten so hard that her blood vessels burst, allowing blood to pool in her muscles and fat.

Santiago testified that she heard Ariel say to Tori, “Oh, you’re cold. You’re cold. Girls who make themselves vomit should be left out,'” according to Fox Carolina.

Austin, who testified in court on Tuesday, testified that Ariel would get angry at Tori’s eating habits and beat her with a belt or a wooden paddle.

“Sometimes I would help her with a piece of (her) food,” the 35-year-old testified, Fox Carolina reported.

He also recalled his last conversation with Tori before his death.

“She was in bed,” Robinson testified. “She told me she loved me and I said, ‘I love you too.’ I said, ‘I promise this won’t happen again. She said ‘Okay.'”

Airel, a former teacher, won $25,000 after winning the Food Network competition, which pits amateur chefs against each other in a series of culinary challenges overseen by celebrity chefs, deadline report.

Her episodes this season are no longer available on Food Network’s online platforms, including Discovery+, Hulu and YouTube.

In a Jan. 6 Twitter post, Robinson said that while her black and white children are treated the same in her home, “that’s not the case” when they enter the real world.

“Sadly, as the proud mom of 4 beautiful boys, I cannot protect them from the realities and evils of this world once they leave the house. However, I will fight and use my voice to make a difference. Bring awareness and change so that one day, that change will come,” she continued. “I am Mama Bear and I will do everything I can to protect my children and make sure their future is just as bright [because] They have the same opportunities and are treated equally the way God made them. There should be no #whiteprivilege only American privileges. #EqualityforAll #BlackLivesMatte[r]. “

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