A Tennessee mother is accused of fatally shooting her 5-year-old daughter and blaming it on her toddler son and her daughter’s father.
Robin Howington, 37, has been indicted by a grand jury and is currently being held on a $500,000 bond on charges of first-degree murder, child neglect, false reporting, tampering with evidence and attempted tampering with evidence in connection to the murder of her daughter Destiny Oliver. People reports that Howington fatally shot Destiny on Sept. 14, 2019, and tried to blame it on two different men and her 2-year-old son.
The outlet reports that Howington shot Destiny in the chest inside her Fountain City home. Destiny was pronounced dead after being rushed to a nearby hospital. Initially, Howington said a man that she didn’t know came into her home and shot Destiny before taking off in a black Chrysler 300, according to her indictment. But the woman changed her story during questioning, saying that instead, it was Destiny’s father who shot her. She claimed the shooting happened after an argument between her and the father. She maintained that the car the killer took off in was a Chrysler 300.
When police were searching the surrounding area of Howington’s home, they found a gun that was hidden in a bush outside the mother’s home. Howington said her boyfriend, another man who is not Destiny’s father, stashed the gun there, People reports. Police obtained footage that was captured by a neighbor that showed Howington hiding the gun in the bush. Howington fessed up to cleaning the gun and then hiding it but allegedly said that she was trying to protect her 2-year-old son who found the gun and shot his sister, according to the indictment.
The indictment states that she “did unlawfully kill [Destiny Oliver] during the perpetration of aggravated child neglect.” People reports that Howington has not entered a plea deal. The woman also tried to destroy her cell phone the evening of Destiny’s murder, which is where the tampering with evidence charge comes from. Police believe Howington was trying to cover up her history of illegally selling marijuana.