A MOTHER has been charged with her daughter’s murder — after several months of allegedly giving cops conflicting stories, including that her two-year-old son did it.
Robin Howington, 37, was taken into custody on Wednesday after her five-year-old daughter, Destiny Oliver, was shot dead in September 2019.
Robin Howington, 37, was taken into custody on Wednesday in the death of her five-year-old daughter, Destiny[/caption]
Police arrived at Howington’s home in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the time, where they found Destiny wounded by gunfire.
She was transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Howington allegedly told police at least three different versions of events leading to Destiny’s death.
At first, the mom claimed an unknown man barged into her house and shot Destiny in the chest before fleeing in a black Chrysler 300.
Then, Howington is accused of changing her story a second time — saying it was the five-year-old girl’s dad who shot the child before fleeing in a white Chrysler 300.
When investigators found a handgun hidden in a bush near her home in the neighborhood of Fountain City, Howington reportedly accused her boyfriend of hiding it.
Destiny was killed at her home in Knoxville, Tennessee, in September 2019[/caption]
A neighbor, however, apparently caught Howington on surveillance video stashing the gun herself.
When confronted about the video footage, Howington again changed her story.
She told police her two-year-old son found the gun in a closet and shot Destiny in the chest — before, she claimed, she wiped the weapon down and hit it in the bush.
The mom’s boyfriend told authorities he saw Howington pull the gun on Destiny’s father on the day of the shooting.
The girl’s father, per the boyfriend, took the weapon away from Howington.
While at the hospital after Destiny died, Howington allegedly tried destroying her cell phone by running it underwater, WATE reported.
She reportedly wanted to hide “evidence of drug sales” that were on the device.
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Last week, a grand jury returned a six-count indictment for Howington that led to her arrest on Wednesday.
The mom has been charged with felony murder, aggravated child neglect, making a false report, tampering with evidence, and attempted tampering with evidence.
She is being held on a $500,000 bond.