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South Carolina woman Ariel Robinson has been accused of beating her three-year-old adopted daughter to death.

Ariel Robinson family and Victoria Rose Smith
Ariel Robinson with her family and Victoria Rose Smith

Ariel Robinson former teacher and winner of “Worst Cooks In America” and her husband Jerry Robinson are both charged on January 19 in the case involving the death of their 3-year-old adopted daughter, Victoria Rose Smith. Doctors ruled that cause of Victoria’s injuries was multiple blunt force trauma.

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According to their arrest warrants, Ariel and Jerry inflicted a “series of blunt force injuries” to Victoria Rose Smith. But police are yet to provide a motive behind the horrific beating and death of Victoria. Homicide by child abuse carries a sentence of 20 years of life in prison.

Ariel and Jerry Robinson now
Ariel and Jerry Robinson now

Ariel and her husband Jerry have two biological sons and in Feb last year, they adopted three more children – Victoria and her two biological brothers. Ariel pretended on social media that they are a ‘complete’ family, and everyone was treated equally in her house unlike outside, which according to her treated her sons differently.

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Ariel made a series of tweets about how her black children get treated the same as her white children, but it’s a shame that when they go out into the real world, that won’t be the case. “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.

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She mentioned in another tweet: “I’m a Mama Bear, & I’ll do anything to protect my children & make sure their futures are equally bright bc they have the same opportunities & are treated as equals the way God made them. There should be no #whiteprivilege only American privilege.”

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Ariel posted a family collage three days before allegedly beating Victoria to death, with the caption: “We go together like Ketchup and MUSTARD! #MiniMe Being a girl mom is awesome.”

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Ariel Robinson posted these images three days before Victoria’s death

On January 14, Ariel and her husband made a call to 911, telling the operator that Victoria was unresponsive. Victoria was then taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. With assistance from the Coroner’s office, the Simpsonville Police Department found out that Victoria’s death was the direct result of physical abuse.

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Stacey Phares, the children’s maternal great aunt, also known as Tori said “As a family, we feel like the system failed. We trusted the system.” Victoria’s biological family has shared the images of the toddler before she went to live with Ariel and Jerry, which shows how much weight she lost.

Following the death of Victoria, Ariel Robinson’s education certificate has been suspended by the South Carolina State Board of Education.

According to Deadline, episodes of Robinson’s season of “Worst Cooks in America” is no longer available to stream on any streaming service.

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