Victoria Rose Smith, who lived with Jerry Robinson, 34, and Ariel Robinson, 29, in Simpsonville, SC died from multiple blunt-force injuries after being found unresponsive at a residence on Sellwood Circle on the afternoon of Jan. 14, according to the Greenville County Coroner’s Office. The Robinsons were each charged with homicide by child abuse, which carries a sentence of 20 years up to life in prison. They are being held in the Greenville County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records, and neither had an attorney listed in online court records as of Monday.
The state Department of Social Services, the agency that helps oversee adoptions and foster care in South Carolina, said it is aware of allegations and the arrests in Victoria’s case, and the agency is investigating alongside law enforcement, according to Danielle Jones, the agency’s public information officer. The agency cited confidentiality concerns in declining to provide information on the Robinsons’ relationship with Victoria. The agency’s standard procedure in a case like this involves taking appropriate action with any children remaining in the home after evaluating safety and risk. Care for other children in the Robinsons’ home has been arranged, but those arrangements won’t be disclosed at this time, according to the Simpsonville Police Department. Formal requests of supplemental reports, files and notes have been filed by The Greenville News with DSS, the State Law Enforcement Division and the Simpsonville Police Department.