Victoria Smith

Lawyer pushes for ‘Worst Cooks in America’ winner, accused of killing adopted tot girl, to be released from jail

The attorney for Ariel Robinson, a South Carolina woman accused of homicide by child abuse, plans to push for her jail released based on background and lifelong residency in South Carolina.

Fits News reports that Ariel Robinson, 29, and her husband, Jerry Robinson, 34, are scheduled for a bond hearing on February 12. Both suspects are currently behind bars for the death of their adopted daughter, 3-year-old Victoria Smith.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities found Victoria unresponsive at the couple’s Simpsonville home off of Sellwood Circle, in January. The child later passed away at the Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.

An autopsy reported indicated that Victoria died from multiple injuries caused by blunt force trauma.

According to court documents, attorney, William Bouton, filed paperwork for a motion for bond for Ariel Robinson.

Ariel and Jerry Robinson [Police Handout]
” [Robinson] is a lifelong resident of South Carolina, Bouton wrote. “[She] is a graduate of Landrum University and holds a Master’s degree from Clemson University.”

“She is neither a flight risk nor a danger to the community.”

Ariel Robinson, a mother of five and a former teacher at Sanders Middle School in Simpsonville, is known for winning Season 20 of Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America.” She told Greenville News last year that Victoria and her two siblings moved in with her and her husband in March. The Robinsons reportedly adopted all three children.

The South Carolina Department of Social Services released a statement following the news of the couple’s arrest.

“The South Carolina Department of Social Services is aware of allegations and the arrests made and is investigating along with law enforcement. The agency’s standard procedures in a case like this involved taking appropriate action with any children remaining in the home after evaluating safety and risk.”

SLED, local authorities, and the coroner’s office are currently investigating the case.

“Police officers handle all kinds of cases, and these kind of cases can be the hardest for them to do,” Simpsonville police spokesman Justin Lee Campbell said in a press statement.

“You bring charges and maybe convictions, but at the end of the day the life of a child was taken.”

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