January 27, 2021

USA: Food Network Pulls ‘Worst Cooks In America’ Season 20 After Champion Charged With Child Murder. She Beat Her Newly Adopted Daughter To Death After Claiming Child Had White Priviledge


WYFF News 4 published January 20, 2021: 2 charged with homicide by child abuse in Simpsonville, SLED says. Officials: A man and woman have been charged with homicide by child abuse in connection with the death of a juvenile.
written by Bruce Haring
Saturday January 23, 2021

The Food Network has scrubbed its latest season of reality series Worst Cooks In America after its champion has been arrested for a child’s murder.

Ariel Robinson, age 29, was charged Tuesday along with her husband, Jerry Robinson, in the death of a 3-year-old girl in South Carolina. They face counts of homicide by child abuse in the death of their adopted daughter.

On Jan. 14, police found an unresponsive child at the couple’s home in Simpsonville, South Carolina, television station WHNS reported. The girl died as a result of several blunt force injuries, a medical examination revealed. She was identified as Victoria Smith, according to the Greenville station.

Ariel Robinson won $25,000 in the latest edition of Worst Cooks in America, a competition between people with admittedly poor cooking skills. They go through a boot camp under celebrity chef supervision in the competition.

The Food Network has scrubbed all content related to the Season 20 show. The competition was filmed in February 2020 and aired last year. The Food Network has yet to comment on the Robinson incident.

The content is not available on the Food Network’s Discovery+, Hulu or YouTube page but episode summaries are still available on the official website.

Robinson was a recently retired teacher and budding stand-up comedian. She also added three foster children to her family in March 2020 after the series taping, but it’s not clear if the murdered child was one of them.
The Blaze News
written by Carlos Garcia
Monday January 25, 2021

A woman who criticized "white privilege" on social media was charged with the child abuse murder of her 3-year-old foster child, who was white.

The disturbing story unfolded in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Police allege that Ariel Robinson, 29, and her husband, Jerry Robinson, 34, inflicted a "series of blunt force injuries" on their adopted child, Victoria Rose Smith.

The parents called 911 on Jan. 15 to report that the child was unresponsive. When medical professionals arrived, they immediately suspected child abuse, according to the heavily redacted police report.

Smith was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, WYFF-TV reported.

The two were charged with homicide by child abuse, the TV station reported.

Ariel Robinson is best known for winning Season 20 of the Food Network show, "Worst Cooks in America" in August 2020. The network deleted the season where she won after she was charged with murder of her adopted child.

She was also a local comedian and aspiring television personality who posted a large amount on content on social media to seek a following.

Among those posts were entries decrying "white privilege" while talking about her three adopted children, all of whom were white.

"In my house, my black children get treated the same as my white children, and my white children get treated the same as my black children. It's a shame that when they go out into the real world, that won't be the case," she tweeted on Jan. 6, adding hashtags for "white privilege" and "black lives matter."

Tiffany Huggins and her husband Cameron spoke to WYFF-TV about Victoria, who had been their foster child for 10 months before being adopted by Robinson. "She had the best personality, and I'm not just saying that because I was her momma, but, she was just our light," said a clearly emotional Tiffany Huggins.

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