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Ariel Robinson has been held in the Greenville County Detention Center since her arrest a few days later. Ariel Robinson won the Food Network television show “Worst Cooks in America” in August 2020.
Ariel Robinson is 35 years old.
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The husband of a Food Network star has pleaded guilty to his role in the abuse death of the couple’s 3-year-old foster daughter, as his wife awaits trial next month on related charges. Ariel Robinson, 30, of Simpsonville, S.C., a winner of the competition show Worst Cooks in America, and her husband, Jerry “Austin” Robinson, 35, both were charged in January 2021 in the death of the girl, Victoria Rose Smith. Jerry Robinson faces a minimum of 10 to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday in a Greenville courtroom to homicide by child abuse/aiding and abetting, reports FOXCarolina.
Greenville County senior deputy coroner Kent Dill previously told PEOPLE that Victoria Rose died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries. The girl was found unresponsive at the couple’s Simpsonville home around 2:25 p.m. on Jan. 14, 2021, and died later at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Jerry Robinson testified during a hearing Thursday that he walked in to find his wife holding a belt, and that she allegedly beat the girl because she was frustrated with her, reports WYFF.
“By the time I walked inside, it was as if nothing was going on,” he said, according to the Greenville News. He added that he saw the bruising as his daughter was crying. “I told her, ‘You went too far this time and I should’ve stopped it,'” he said. During the hearing, Jerry said the girl had thrown up on herself the previous night on her way to church, angering her mother. Ariel’s frustration grew the next morning when Ariel allegedly claimed the girl did not eat her pancakes fast enough, he said. After that, he said Ariel gave the girl a “whooping” that he could hear from outside of the home.
Jerry later placed the 911 call that summoned first responders. Assistant Solicitor Christy Sustakovitch summarized that call in court, saying Jerry reported, “We have an emergency, our daughter is unresponsive. She drank a lot of water. We tried to do CPR to get it out,” according to the Greenville News.
A hearing in the couple’s formal process to adopt the foster child was scheduled for Jan. 19, five days after the girl’s death, the newspaper reports. Ariel has pleaded not guilty to the charge of homicide by abuse. She is scheduled to go on trial on May 9. Ariel was named the winner of season 20 on the Aug. 2, 2020, finale of the Food Network cooking show, receiving the $25,000 grand prize and a Food Network cooking set.
Following the couple’s arrests, the network removed the entire 20th season of the longtime culinary competition from the cable service’s VOD offerings, as well as from Discovery+, Hulu, and YouTube, according to Deadline