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Worst Cooks in America winner and her husband arrested for 'beating girl, 3, to death'

A REALITY TV star and her husband are in custody for allegedly killing a three-year-old girl in their care.

Ariel Robinson, 29, who won season 20 of "Worst Cooks in America", and her husband, Jerry Robinson, 34, have been charged with homicide by child abuse in South Carolina, according to police.



They're accused of inflicting multiple blunt force injuries on Victoria Rose Smith, 3, resulting in her death on January 14.

Her death was ruled a homicide.

It is not yet known if the victim was one of the couple's biological or foster children but The Sun understands she was identified as Ariel's "daughter" in a police report.

It remains unclear if any of the other children in the home had been abused.

The Robinsons were arrested on Tuesday and are now being held at the Greenville County Detention Center without bond.

Police say they responded to a call about an unresponsive juvenile victim at their family home in Sellwood Circle, on January 14.


The child was pronounced dead after being transferred to the hospital.

Cops said that the Robinsons "did commit child abuse by inflicting a series of blunt force injuries, which resulted in the death of the victim".

The coroner's office confirmed that the cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries, WHNS reported. 

The Robinsons each face a charge of 'homicide by child abuse' and, if convicted, face sentences of 20 years to life in prison, cops said.

"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." 

Ariel won a $25,000 grand prize after competing on Food Network's Worst Cooks in America in August, WHNS first revealed.

The mother-of-five told the Greenville News last year that she had adopted three children, who moved in with her family in March. 

Robinson planned to use her winnings from the show to plan a fun trip with her large family, she told the outlet.

"I want to take them to a waterpark resort or the beach. A vacation, so we can do one big thing as a family this year," she said.

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