A woman who criticized “white privilege” on social media was charged with the child abuse murder of her 3-year-old foster child, who was white.
The disturbing story unfolded in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
Police allege that Ariel Robinson, 29, and her husband, Jerry Robinson, 34, inflicted a “series of blunt force injuries” on their adopted child, Victoria Rose Smith.
The parents called 911 on Jan. 15 to report that the child was unresponsive. When medical professionals arrived, they immediately suspected child abuse, according to the heavily redacted police report.
Smith was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, WYFF-TV reported.
The two were charged with homicide by child abuse, the TV station reported.
Ariel Robinson is best known for winning Season 20 of the Food Network show, “Worst Cooks in America” in August 2020. The network deleted the season where she won after she was charged with murder of her adopted child.
She was also a local comedian and aspiring television personality who posted a large amount on content on social media to seek a following.
Among those posts were entries decrying “white privilege” while talking about her three adopted children, all of whom were white.
“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 Jan. 6, adding hashtags for “white privilege” and “black lives matter.”
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Tiffany Huggins and her husband Cameron spoke to WYFF-TV about Victoria, who had been their foster child for 10 months before being adopted by Robinson.
“She had the best personality, and I’m not just saying that because I was her momma, but, she was just our light,” said a clearly emotional Tiffany Huggins.
Here’s a local news report about the insidious case:
2 charged with homicide by child abuse in Simpsonville, SLED says