Ariel Robinson, the season 20 winner of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, and her husband Jerry Robinson have been charged with alleged homicide by child abuse in the death of their 3-year-old foster child.
Simpsonville police arrested Ariel, 29, on Jan. 19 in Greenville County, SC in connection with the death of Victoria Rose Smith. Her 34-year-old husband Jerry was also taken into custody.
The Greenville County senior deputy coroner Kent Dill determined that multiple blunt force injuries caused the death of Victoria Rose, reports People. On Jan. 14, the young girl was found unresponsive at the Robinsons’ home and later died at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
A spokesman for the Simpsonville Police Department said officers have a difficult time handling cases that involve the death of a child. “You bring charges and maybe convictions, but at the end of the day the life of a child was taken” said Justin Lee Campbell to People. “For anyone who knew the victim or was related to the victim, they are in our thoughts and prayers."
Ariel and Jerry Robinson appeared before a judge on Jan. 19 and were denied bond. They are confined to the Greenville County Detention Center. It is unclear whether they have entered a plea or retained a defense attorney.
Ariel won season 20 of Worst Cooks in America during the finale episode that aired on Aug. 20, 2020. The teacher defeated model Zack Ignoffo to win the $25,000 grand prize and Food Network cooking set.
The Food Network scrubbed season 20 of the popular culinary competition series from its VOD, as well as the newly-launched Discovery+ streaming platform, Hulu, and YouTube. Seasons 1 through 19 and 21, which premiered earlier this month, are still available to viewers.