A Food Network personality has been condemned to life in prison for the murder of a young child she was planning to adopt.

Ariel Robinson, a previous participant and winner of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, was found guilty of homicide by child abuse after fatally hitting her 3-year-old foster daughter.

The verdict came after a four-day trial that culminated in Robinson taking the stand and testifying.

Robinson, 30, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, May 12. The judge in the case was Letitia Verdin.

Victoria Rose Smith, Robinson’s foster daughter, died on January 14, 2021, at the age of three. The infant died as a result of blunt force trauma and internal hemorrhage, according to an autopsy. Just days after Victoria Rose’s murder, the food network celebrity was charged with homicide by child abuse.

Jerry Robinson, Robinson’s husband, was accused as well, but pleaded guilty to homicide by child abuse. He claimed in a police report that he saw his wife lose her cool and hit the child on multiple occasions without intervening, even though he didn’t agree with her disciplinary techniques.

Jerry dialed 911 in this situation, but lied to operators and paramedics about what had occurred to the youngster.

Jerry claimed his wife reportedly hit the daughter after becoming irritated with her earlier in the night on the day of the event. He allegedly remarked, “By the time I walked inside, it was as if nothing was going on.” He claimed Victoria had puked on herself the day before as the family was on their way to church, which provoked the beating.

Victoria left the chapel the day she puked in only her underwear, according to video evidence produced during the trial. He claims his wife became enraged when she said the 3-year-old didn’t eat her pancakes quickly enough the next morning.

The couple was in the process of adopting the little girl and her brothers, and the hearing to finalize the adoption was planned only days before she was killed, according to investigators.

Robinson’s family was spotted crying as they exited the courtroom. One of the family members also let out a loud wail. Victoria’s biological family was present at the sentencing and spoke, stating that the verdict provided the justice they sought. During the trial, the prosecution displayed a photograph of Victoria and her biological siblings.

Autopsy pictures and body camera footage from the day in question were displayed during the trial. “We’re simply here to represent Victoria. She was cherished “According to one prosecutor, Robinson is said to have denied any involvement in the crime.

Airel, a former teacher, was awarded $25,000 for winning the Food Network competition, which puts amateur cooks against one another in a series of cooking tests judged by celebrity chefs.

Food Network’s online outlets, such as Discovery+, Hulu, and YouTube, no longer have episodes from her season available to stream.

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