Food Network show winner who railed against “white privilege” charged with killing her adopted, white daughter

by Peter Heck · Jan 27th, 2021 9:18 am

Last Updated Feb 7th, 2021 at 7:54 am

Ariel Robinson, the 29-year-old former middle school teacher and winner of last season's "Worst Cooks in America" program on the Food Network, has been charged with the death of a 3-year-old South Carolina girl she had adopted.

Robinson and her husband, Jerry Robinson, 34, have both been arrested for homicide by child abuse after their adoptive daughter Victoria Smith was found unresponsive by police. She had suffered "a series of blunt force injuries."

The Robinsons, who are black, had at least two biological sons before adopting three white children, including Smith. Ariel Robinson posted online often about her dedication to upending "white privilege" and loyalty to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Those posts were made a little more than two weeks before the Robinsons would be arrested for killing their own daughter.

In response to the charges, the Food Network has removed all episodes from Ariel Robinson's winning season, and the South Carolina State Board of Education has suspended her educator's license indefinitely.


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