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Former Food Network Star Found Guilty Of Murdering Daughter She Was In Process Of Adopting

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A ruling has been made within the homicide case in opposition to Ariel Robinson (left), season 20 winner of Food Network‘s Worst Cooks in America. On Thursday, the lady was discovered responsible of murder by youngster abuse within the beating demise of a 3-year-old foster daughter she was within the technique of adopting.

In line with native outlet WYFF, it took a Greenville County, South Carolina jury simply an hour-and-a-half to deliberate and attain their ultimate conviction after a four-day trial, throughout which graphic photos of the accidents inflicted on the little lady, Victoria “Tori” Smith, have been proven. Deadline reported that Choose Letitia Verdin sentenced the 30-year-old to life in jail.

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After Ariel’s sentencing, the decide remarked by way of The Solar Information,

“In my 13-14 years as a decide, I’ve by no means seen something like this. Not even approaching it.”


Through the trial, Ariel’s husband, Jerry “Austin” Robinson (proper), testified, giving loads of perception into what occurred to trigger Tori’s demise. He has additionally been arrested for murder by youngster abuse/aiding and abetting, per FOXCarolina, however has not been sentenced but. He has pleaded responsible to his function within the demise of the little lady and faces a minimal of 10 to twenty years behind bars.

As Perezcious readers could bear in mind, Ariel and Jerry have been first arrested on January 19, 2021 in connection to Tori’s demise on January 14. Shockingly, they have been truly within the technique of adopting the kid and her brothers, in response to authorities. In truth, the adoption was set to be finalized simply days after she was killed, per The State.

Throughout an April listening to, Jerry testified that he was outdoors their residence when he heard a commotion inside. He walked into his residence to seek out his spouse was beating Tori with a belt out of frustration, reported WYFF. He stated (by way of Greenville Information):

“By the point I walked inside, it was as if nothing was occurring.”

He might already see bruising on his foster daughter, who was crying. He continued (doubtless referencing his spouse):

“I instructed her, ‘You went too far this time and I ought to’ve stopped it.’”

He additionally claimed that the lady had thrown up on herself the day earlier than whereas on the way in which to church. Already mad about that, Ariel’s frustration hit a breaking level the subsequent morning when the kid was not consuming her pancakes quick sufficient. That’s when she started to offer Tori a “whooping” that he might hear from outdoors.

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Later, he finally known as 911 for assist after the lady grew to become unresponsive. Curiously, in response to Assistant Solicitor Christy Sustakovitch, when making that decision for assist, Jerry reportedly stated:

“We now have an emergency, our daughter is unresponsive. She drank loads of water. We tried to do CPR to get it out.”

So, regardless of now revealing the reality, he was allegedly making an attempt to cowl up the abuse within the second? Wow. It’s unclear when his trial is ready to happen.

A petition on was created following this tragedy calling for lawmakers to go a invoice known as “Victoria’s Regulation” which might reform the South Carolina Division of Social Companies. Thus far, it has almost 46,000 signatures. Test it out HERE.

When you suspect youngster abuse, name the Childhelp Nationwide Baby Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Baby or 1-800-422-4453, or go to All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is accessible 24/7 in additional than 170 languages.

[Image via Simpsonville Police Department]

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