It's been almost a month since Worst Cooks In America winner Ariel Robinson and her husband, Jerry Austin Robinson, were reportedly charged with the murder of their 3-year-old foster child, Victoria Rose Smith. Police now are releasing shocking 911 audio that sheds even more light on the tragedy that took place last month.
In the tape, obtained by FITSNews, listeners can hear an audio transcript of the actual call made by Jerry Austin Robinson to local police on the afternoon of January 14.
“We have an emergency, our daughter isn’t responsive,” Robinson told the dispatcher. He added in somewhat garbled speech that she'd drank a lot of water and they were trying to do CPR on her.
The dispatcher transferred the call to emergency medical services, where Jerry Austin Robinson pleaded, “Our 3-year-daughter is choking on water right now... We need help immediately.”
However, it wasn't due to choking that Victoria lost her life; according to the county coroner, the little girl died due to multiple blunt force injuries.
A police report from January 14 obtained by FITSNews documents that child abuse was apparently suspected right off the bat.
The couple was denied bond when they appeared before a judge last month and are being held at the Greenville County Detention Center.
Ariel and Jerry both face charges of "homicide by child abuse," which carries a sentence of 20 years to life in prison if convicted.
Smith was placed in Ariel and Jerry’s home in March 2020 with her two older brothers by the South Carolina Department of Social Services. A petition has since been launched on Change.org to call for improvements to the service.
Smith's brothers were removed from the home.
Ariel was also a retired teacher but had not worked as an educator since 2019. On Thursday, January 21, the South Carolina State Board of Education suspended her educator certificate due to the charges and until "a due process hearing is held and/or this matter is otherwise resolved," 4WYFF reported.
Both Robinsons will have separate bond hearings on February 12.
After the arrests were made, the Food Network removed season 20 of Worst Cooks In America from Discovery+, Hulu and YouTube.
The first 19 seasons — which premiered before Ariel’s stint on the show — and season 21 are reportedly still available to stream.