Food Network star in court after child’s death

Food Network star Ariel Robinson and her husband were in court on Thursday. Robinson and her husband Jerry “Austin” Robinson are both charged with the January 2021 death of their adopted 3-year-old daughter, Victoria “Tori” Smith. Smith was found unconscious at the family home in the Westwood subdivision of Simpsonville on January 14, 2021 and died in hospital. According to the arrest warrants, the Robinsons inflicted a “series of blunt injuries” on Tori. Tori died of internal bleeding, particularly in the area of ​​her legs. At the count Thursday, Austin Robinson pleaded guilty to homicide by child abuse. Austin Robinson will remain on bail and under house arrest. He faces 10 to 20 years behind bars. He testified that Ariel Robinson beat Tori to death because she was frustrated with her. Ariel Robinson initially told authorities that Tori’s brother had anger issues and beat Tori, which resulted in his death. Ariel Robinson was also in court. She will face trial at a later date, but both the state and the defense have filed pretrial motions. The state asked the judge to show the jury body camera video of Ariel Robinson from the day Tori died and the day after. The defense wants the video excluded and argues that Ariel Robinson never read his rights. The state said she did not have to speak to the police and could have stopped speaking at any time. The judge said she would review the full body camera video and then make a decision on the motion. The state also requested that photographs of Tori’s traumatic injuries be used during the trial saying words cannot describe the damage. The judge decided to allow the photographs of the injuries except for the photographs showing Tori’s face. Ariel Robinson’s trial is scheduled for May 9. Ariel Robinson gained local and national recognition in August when she won the Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America” ​​show. The video below is from a previous court appearance:

Food Network star Ariel Robinson and her husband were in court on Thursday.

Robinson and her husband Jerry “Austin” Robinson are both charged with the January 2021 death of their adopted 3-year-old daughter, Victoria “Tori” Smith.

Smith was found unconscious at the family home in the Westwood subdivision of Simpsonville on January 14, 2021 and died in hospital. According to the arrest warrants, the Robinsons inflicted a “series of blunt injuries” on Tori. Tori died of internal bleeding, particularly in the area of ​​her legs.

At the count Thursday, Austin Robinson pleaded guilty to homicide by child abuse. Austin Robinson will remain on bail and under house arrest. He faces 10 to 20 years behind bars.

He testified that Ariel Robinson beat Tori to death because she was frustrated with her. Ariel Robinson initially told authorities that Tori’s brother had anger issues and beat Tori, which resulted in his death.

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Victoria “Tori” Smith

Ariel Robinson was also in court. She will face trial at a later date, but the state and defense have filed pretrial motions.

The state asked the judge to show the jury body camera video of Ariel Robinson from the day Tori died and the day after. The defense wants the video excluded and argues that Ariel Robinson never read his rights. The state said she did not have to speak to the police and could have stopped speaking at any time. The judge said she would review the full body camera video and then make a decision on the motion.

Ariel robinson in court on April 14, 2022

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Ariel Robinson in court on April 14, 2022

The state also requested that photographs of Tori’s traumatic injuries be used during the trial saying words cannot describe the damage.

The judge decided to allow the photographs of the injuries except for the photographs showing Tori’s face.

Ariel Robinson’s trial is set for May 9.

Ariel robinson in court on April 14, 2022

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Ariel Robinson in court on April 14, 2022

Ariel Robinson gained local and national recognition in August when she won the Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America” ​​show.

The video below is from a previous court appearance:

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