• Richard Easson

Food Network Show Winner Charged with Murder of Foster Child, Blames "White Privilege"

Earlier this month, the winner of the 20th season of the Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America,” along with her husband, were charged with the murder of their 3-year-old foster child, who was white.

The Simpsonville, South Carolina couple, Ariel Shnise Robinson, 29, and Jerry Austin Robinson, 34, inflicted a “series of blunt force injuries” on their adopted child, Victoria Rose Smith, according to a heavily redacted police report.

According to the report, Ariel Robinson told her husband to call 911 when Victoria was unresponsive at around 2 p.m. on January 14th. Upon arrival, first responders immediately suspected child abuse and placed a call to the police department for child abuse/aggravated assault and emergency protective custody.

Victoria was pronounced dead at the hospital that day.

Both Ariel and Jerry were charged with homicide by child abuse on January 19th – five days after their daughter died.

Upon the news of Ariel’s arrest, Food Network removed the season that featured her.

Aside from winning season 20 of “Worst Cooks in America,” Ariel was a local comedian and aspiring TV personality. She was active on her Twitter account to gain a following and spread her content. Among the content she published were posts decrying “white privilege” as well as those referencing her three adopted children, all of whom were white.

One post read, "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," she tweeted on January 6th, including hashtags for "white privilege" and "black lives matter."

An emotional Tiffany Huggins and husband Cameron spoke with the local news network WYFF-TV about Victoria, who was their foster child for ten months before being adopted by the Robinsons. Tiffany said of Victoria, "She had the best personality, and I'm not just saying that because I was her momma, but she was just our light.”