GREENVILLE, S.C. (WYFF) - The biological family of Victoria Smith is speaking out.
“Nobody in my family is holding up well,” Michelle Urps, Smith’s great-aunt and family spokesperson, said. “The emotions in this family are very raw.”
Officials said 3-year-old Smith was killed by child abuse from her adoptive parents.
“There were big things ahead for that little girl,” Urps said. “Honestly and truly if she had been allowed to live the rest of her life she would have conquered the world.”
Urps said Smith’s mother lost custody of her and she got adopted by Ariel and Jerry Robinson. On Jan. 19, the Robinson’s were charged with homicide by child abuse involving Smith.
WYFF News 4 confirmed Tuesday that Smith remains at the Greenville County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy has been completed. The coroner said she died from a series of blunt force injuries.
“So give her to us,” Urps said. “Let us give her a proper funeral and say goodbye one last time.”
When asked about this, the South Carolina Department of Social Services released the same statement it did last week, saying:
“The South Carolina Department of Social Services is aware of allegations and the arrests made and is investigating along with law enforcement.”
Urps said the coroner’s office told her a Family Court judge will decide where Smith’s body goes next.
“We love you and we’re so sorry this happened to you, but I promise you we are not resting until it’s right,” said Urps.
Ariel Robinson had 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.