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Woman fatally shot 5-year-old daughter, tried blaming toddler son: cops

2020-07-11

A Tennessee woman is accused of fatally shooting her 5-year-old daughter in the chest and then offering multiple conflicting stories to police, falsely telling them at one point that the killer was her toddler son, authorities said.

Robin Howington, 37, also blamed the murder on a home invasion and then on the victim’s father before trying to implicate her 2-year-old son, according to police.

The senseless killing happened at the suspect’s Knoxville home nearly a year ago, but the lengthy investigation went on for months, resulting in a grand jury indictment this week. The heartless mother was arrested Wednesday on a slew of felony charges, including murder and tampering with evidence, online jail records show.

The little girl, Destiny Oliver, was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the shooting on Sept. 14. Her mother initially told police that an unknown intruder had broken into the home, shot the child in the chest and fled in a black Chrysler 300, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Howington later changed her story and blamed the girl’s father, claiming he shot the child and fled in a white Chrysler 300, police wrote in the warrant.

During their investigation, authorities found a handgun hidden in the bushes near the suspect’s home. Howington then accused her boyfriend, who’s not Destiny’s father, of hiding the weapon there, the Sentinel reported.

But a surveillance video from a neighbor later revealed she was lying — again.

The footage showed the woman herself stashing the firearm in the bushes, according to warrant.

Authorities confronted Howington once again and she then came up with her final and most unlikely story. She told investigators that her toddler had found the gun in a closet and shot his sister in the chest, police said.

Howington has also been charged with filing a false police report and child neglect. She’s being held on a $500,000 bond.