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Former Upstate teacher charged in child’s death has teaching certificate suspended

Ariel Robinson is charged with homicide by child abuse
Jerry A. Robinson, 34, and Ariel S. Robinson, 29, were arrested Tuesday by Simpsonville police.
Jerry A. Robinson, 34, and Ariel S. Robinson, 29, were arrested Tuesday by Simpsonville police.(Source: WYFF)
Updated: Jan. 25, 2021 at 12:40 PM EST
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SIMPONSVILLE, S.C. (WYFF) - A former Upstate teacher who is charged with homicide by child abuse has had her educator certificate suspended, according to the South Carolina State Board of Education.

Victoria Smith
Victoria Smith(Family photo)

Ariel Robinson, 29, and her husband, Jerry Robinson, 34, are both charged Jan. 19 in the case involving the death of their 3-year-old adopted daughter.

According to arrest warrants, the Robinsons inflicted a “series of blunt force injuries” to the child, who the Greenville County Coroner’s office identified as Victoria Smith.

Smith died at the hospital.

Ariel Robinson is a former middle school teacher.

On Jan. 21, the South Carolina State Board of Education suspended her educator certificate as a result of her charges, records show.

The records show Ariel Robinson had more than three years of educator experience but had not worked as an educator since 2019.

“The SCDE has reason to believe that, due to the serious nature of this allegation of misconduct, Ms. Robinson may pose a threat to the health, safety, and welfare of students who may be under her instruction, and that emergency action is required. After considering the evidence presented by the SCDE, the chair of the state board finds that Ms. Robinson’s educator certificate shall be summarily suspended until a due process hearing is held and/or this matter is otherwise resolved,” the suspension document said.

Ariel Robinson had also earned both local and national recognition in August when she won the Food Network’s show “Worst Cooks in America.”

At the time, she told the television crew the $25,000 grand prize would go a long way to help her and her husband, who recently adopted three children. Smith was one of them.

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