Robin Howington (pictured in mugshot) was charged on Wednesday with first-degree murder
A Tennessee mother is suspected of fatally shooting her five-year-old daughter before telling the investigators conflicting accounts of the incident, including her two-year-old son’s blame for the death.
Robin Howington, 37, has been charged with a grand jury of first degree murder, child neglect, false reporting, tampering with evidence, and attempted tampering with evidence after the death of her daughter Destiny Oliver on September 14, 2019.
She was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday and had a $ 500,000 bail.
Last year, authorities sent to the Fountain City home in Howington to find that the young girl had been shot Knoxville News Sentinel.
Destiny was brought to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Delegates from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office sent to Howington’s Knoxville, Tennessee, where they find five-year-old Destiny Oliver with a gunshot wound
Destiny (left), pictured with Howington (center), succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead in a local hospital
When questioned by researchers, Howington would like to blame four other individuals.
First, she told investigators that an unidentified man broke into their home and shot Destiny once in the chest before fleeing into a black Chrysler 300.
Howington later claimed that the girl’s father, Antoine Oliver, was the culprit who shot their daughter before escaping in a black Chrysler 300.
She said the violent incident happened after a tense fight between them,
Around this time, authorities discovered a gun hidden in a bush outside Howington’s house.
Howington (right) first told investigators that Destiny (left) was murdered by an unknown man, but later said it was the girl’s father, Antoine Oliver
Howington claimed her friend Daniel Hensley, who is not Destiny’s father, hid the gun in a bush outside her home
Pictured: Robin Howington at Knox County General Sessions Court on Thursday, October 17, 2019
She then claimed that her friend Daniel Hensley, who is not Destiny’s father, had stored the gun.
But a neighbor’s surveillance footage showed Howington hiding the firearm between the bushes.
Howington (pictured in mugshot) claimed her two-year-old son shot and killed her daughter, according to court documents
The mother would have admitted to hiding the weapon in the bushes, but she claims it was not a maternal instinct.
Howington, in her most shocking allegation, told investigators that she wiped the gun and put it away after her two-year-old son discovered the gun in a cupboard.
The two-year-old, she said, shot her daughter.
Howington’s friend later told investigators that on the day of the shooting, he witnessed how she brandished a gun at Destiny’s father.
The father reportedly took the gun from Howington.
Howington ‘committed wrongful murder [Destiny Oliver] while committing aggravated child neglect, “the indictment reads, People reports.
The manipulation charges come from Howington who allegedly tried to destroy her cell phone and moved furniture around the night of Destiny’s death.
Howington ‘committed wrongful murder [Destiny Oliver] (photo) while committing aggravated child neglect, ‘accusations said
In the hospital after Destiny’s shooting, Howington reportedly attempted to destroy her cell phone to hide the illegal marijuana sales in which she had taken part
It is unclear which events led to the shooting and subsequent death of Destiny Oliver (photo) on September 14, 2019
She told authorities she didn’t want investigators to hear about the illegal sale of marijuana she had conducted.
WATE reports that Howington tried to turn off the cell phone by flooding it in the hospital.
A witness alleged that Howington tried to pass the cell phone on to her and even offered her money to take it.
Howington has not made a plea yet