Ariel Robinson sentenced to life in prison for killing a foster child

Ariel Robinson is taking on her foster daughter Victoria Rose Smith, 3, in the murder trial

Ariel Robinson takes position in the murder trial of her foster daughter Victoria Rose Smith, 3 (Image via Screengrab/WYFF)

A former reality TV cooking show winner has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her 3-year-old foster daughter.

Ariel RobinsonThe 30-year-old was sentenced to death by a South Carolina grand jury on Thursday for murder by child molestation Victoria Rose Smith3.

Victoria died on January 14, 2021 from blunt force injuries and internal bleeding.

Robinson’s husband, Jerry Robinsonwho also goes by the name Austin was the person who called 911. He was also charged in Victoria’s death and pleaded guilty to murder by child molestation in April.

So he has not yet been sentenced The Greenville News.

According to court video provided by local NBC affiliate WYFF, Ariel Robinson appeared unperturbed at Thursday’s sentencing.

“As to the charge of murder by child molestation, we, the jury, unanimously find the defendant guilty of murder by molestation of a child,” the verdict reads.

Robinson’s attorney, Bill Button, asked for a questioning of each jury member to confirm the verdict. When this happened, Robinson appeared to have pursed her lips slightly but showed no other emotion.

Judge Letitia H. Verdin Robinson was sentenced to life imprisonment after the guilty verdict was read.

“I can say that in my 13, 14 years as a judge, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Verdin said. “I’ve never seen anything like it, not even close.”

According to the Greenville News Report, surveillance video showed Victoria alive on January 13, the day before her death, in the church, wearing only her underwear, as she exited the building.

At the hearing, Robinson said they ran to the Life Restoration Center about 15 minutes late and rushed to get Victoria inside. She said the reason Victoria wasn’t dressed was because she was eating a snack in the car on the way to church and was throwing up when they got into the building.

Victoria’s biological family members did not believe this explanation.

“[Ariel] could have wrapped the baby in a coat,” Vicky Pharesa family member of Victoria said after the verdict Greenville News. “See [Ariel] shock [Victoria] through the door just about broke me free.”

Robinson reportedly testified that adopting Victoria and her two siblings was her idea, adding that Victoria had no behavioral problems.

“She was my mini-me,” Robinson said as she took the stand in her own defense. “She always talked like me, acted like me. She wanted to be everywhere I went.”

As Law&Crime previously reportedRobinson was the winner of the 20th season of the Food Network show Worst cooks in Americawhich aired in February 2020. The Food Network has since drawn this season out of circulation.

Robinson apparently adopted Victoria and her two siblings after winning the $25,000 prize on the Food Network show. She was previously a middle school teacher, but with the South Carolina State Board of Education exposed her teaching license after her arrest.

[Image via screengrab/WYFF)

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