Food Network contestant Ariel Robinson was charged with child abuse by killing her adopted daughter in her home Thursday afternoon, 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.
After a four-day trial, the jury deliberated for about an hour and a half before reaching a verdict. Robinson was sentenced to life in prison, according to Fox Carolina.
Based on the medical examination, the Greenville County coroner’s office said Smith died from blunt force trauma last year.
Ariel Robinson was on the witness stand on Thursday, tearing down when she was asked what it was like to live with Smith. According to the outlet, the “America’s Worst Chef” season 20 winner described the 3-year-old as “a perfect kid who is easy to get along with.”
Prosecutors argue that the Robinsons fatally beat Smith on Jan. 14, 2021, when police found the girl unresponsive at home. Greenville County’s chief medical examiner, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Ward, testified Wednesday that the toddler was beaten so hard that her blood vessels burst and blood pooled in her muscles And fat, which could have led to her death, Fox Carolina reported.
“If we lose enough blood, the heart doesn’t have enough capacity to pump,” he said.
Austin Robinson previously told authorities that the fatal beating originated on January 13, 2021, when he said Ariel was angry with the child Smith had vomited on the way to church.
Witnesses Jean Smith and Avery Santiago testified Wednesday that they saw Ariel and an undressed Smith in the church bathroom as Ariel tried to wash the girl’s skirt in the sink. Smith said she asked Ariel Smith if she was sick, and Ariel apparently told her that the child “eats too much and makes herself vomit,” calling it “game.”
San Diego testified that she heard Ariel say to Smith, “‘Oh, you’re cold. You’re cold. Girls who make themselves vomit should be left out,'” according to Fox Carolina.
“I’m so upset,” Ariel said Thursday when asked about the church incident.
Austin, who testified in court on Tuesday, testified that Ariel would get angry at Smith’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.
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.
A petition on Change.org with nearly 46,000 signatures is calling on South Carolina lawmakers to pass a bill called the “Victoria Act” that would reform “the current screening process to not only become a foster parent, but also To be adoptive parents.”
“We expect frequent and unscheduled home visits to adoptive and adoptive parents, even after adoption is complete,” the petition’s description said. [sic] Talk privately with the children in these families so they have the opportunity to seek help if needed. “
Robinson said in a Jan. 6 Twitter post 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]. “