Ariel Robinson, the Season 20 winner of the reality show, is expected to stand trial on May 9 for her alleged role in Victoria Smith’s January 14, 2021 death.
As a prelude, her husband, Jerry Robinson, pleaded guilty earlier this month in connection with the death of Smith, the couple’s three-year-old foster daughter who went by the name “Tori.” His sentencing will be made after Ariel Robinson’s case is decided. He is expected to testify at her trial.
The child died after allegedly being beaten by Ariel Robinson at the couple’s home on in Simpsonville, South Carolina, according to prosecutors.
New details about the investigation into the young child’s death came out during Jerry Robinson’s hearing earlier this month.
Jerry Robinson pleaded guilty to homicide by child abuse/aiding and abetting homicide by child abuse. He will remain on house arrest until Ariel Robinson’s trial. Jerry Robinson said he never physically hurt the child, but told investigators that Ariel would beat the youngster with different items, including a belt.
The final beating occurred shortly after Smith threw up on the way to church, Jerry Robinson told investigators. The next morning, the young girl was chastised for not eating her pancakes fast enough. That’s when the assault by Ariel Robinson allegedly occurred.
Jerry Robinson said in court that his wife Ariel gave Smith a “whooping” with a belt, noting that the beating was audible from outside their home. Prosecutors said Jerry Robinson testified that when he returned inside, he saw Ariel standing over the chld with the belt, saying, “You don’t get to tell me when you’re done.”