Ariel Robinson was arrested Tuesday

By Christine Pelisek
January 20, 2021 03:49 PM
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Ariel Robinson
Ariel Robinson
| Credit: Simpsonville Police Department

A "Worst Cooks in America" winner was charged with homicide by child abuse Tuesday in the death of a three-year-old girl. 

Ariel Robinson, 29, of South Carolina, was taken into custody in connection with the death of Victoria Rose Smith. Also arrested was 34-year-old Jerry Robinson.

"Police officers handle all kinds of cases, and these kind of cases can be the hardest for them to do," Simpsonville police spokesman Justin Lee Campbell tells PEOPLE. "It is a sad day. You bring charges and maybe convictions, but at the end of the day the life of a child was taken. For anyone who knew the victim or was related to the victim, they are in our thoughts and prayers." 

According to Greenville County senior deputy coroner Kent Dill, Victoria Rose died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries. 

She was found unresponsive at the couple's home in Simpsonville around 2:25 p.m. on Jan. 14 and died later at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Jerry Robinson
Jerry Robinson
| Credit: Simpsonville Police Department

Dill says Victoria was a foster child living at the residence. 

The couple appeared before a judge yesterday and were denied bond. They are being held at the Greenville County Detention Center.

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It is unclear if they have entered a plea or retained an attorney. 

Ariel Robinson was named the winner of season 20 of the Food Network show, according to FOX Carolina and TMZ