East Tennessee woman charged with murdering 5-year-old daughter

Robin Howington

Robin Howington (Courtesy: WATE)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman in Tennessee who gave conflicting stories about the death of her 5-year-old daughter has been accused of killing the child.

Robin Howington, 37, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of her daughter by a Knox County grand jury Wednesday, news outlets reported.

Her daughter, Destiny Oliver, was found with a gunshot wound by Knoxville police when they responded to Howington’s home last September, according to news outlets. The child was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Howington first told Knoxville officers an unknown man shot Destiny. She later said the child’s father, Antoine Oliver, was responsible for the shooting, according to news outlets.

Daniel Hensley, Howington’s boyfriend, told investigators Howington had pulled a gun on Antoine Oliver on the day of the shooting, and that Oliver had pulled the gun away from her, news outlets reported.

Howington also accused Hensley of hiding a gun near a bush by her home after authorities found the weapon. When investigators found video surveillance of Howington hiding the gun, she told investigators she stashed it away after her 2-year-old son found the weapon and shot Destiny in the chest.

Howington faces other charges including false reporting, child neglect and tampering with evidence.

It was not immediately clear if she had a lawyer who could comment on her behalf.

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