There is no “accidentally” ending up with a foster child. One chooses to adopt and care for the child, pledging that they will be protected and have their needs met. To turn around and violently beat your foster child to death is inherently premeditated cruelty.
A South Carolina woman, who won season 20 of ‘Worst Cooks in America’, has been given life behind bars for beating her three-year-old foster daughter to death.
Ariel Robinson killed their 3-year-old foster daughter Victoria Rose Smith on January 14, 2021, and was found guilty of the crime on Thursday, May 12, by jurors after an hour and a half of discussion following the four-day trial.
Robinson, 30, and her 35-year-old husband, Jerry “Austin” Robinson, were arrested and charged with homicide by child abuse following the death of their 3-year-old foster daughter. Austin pleaded guilty last month to aiding and abetting homicide by child abuse.
Jerry has pleaded guilty to his role in the death of Victoria, who died from multiple blunt-force injuries. He took the stand during his wife’s trial and placed the bulk of the blame on her.
Jerry had also admitted that Victoria was beaten heartlessly on January 14, 2021, because she angered Ariel a day before while going to the church as she had vomited at that time. Two witnesses, Jean Smith and Avery Santiago supported Jerry’s claims in the court on Wednesday and said they saw her cleaning the victim’s dress in the church’s bathroom that day.
More details of this horrifying incident from the Daily Mail report:
Two witnesses, Jean Smith and Avery Santiago, testified on Wednesday that they saw Ariel washing Victoria’s dress in the church bathroom that day. Asking if the child was sick, Robinson told Smith “[The girl] eats too much and makes herself throw up. [It’] a game.”
“I was frustrated,” Ariel testified on Thursday when asked about the incident at the church.
It was not the first time Ariel had lost her temper over Victoria’s eating habits, according to Jerry, who testified that his wife would beat the child with a wooden paddle or a belt.
A history of abuse was apparently present in Ariel’s social media posts, according to her biological great-aunt.
“I knew something was wrong by looking at her social media so why couldn’t [social workers]?”