Tenn. Mom Accused of Fatally Shooting Daughter, 5, Then Trying to Blame Toddler Son

Under questioning, Howington allegedly changed her story, claiming to police Destiny's father was the man who shot the child point blank in the chest, saying the violence unfolded soon after a heated argument between the two parents, according to the indictment.

WATE-TV reports she allegedly said that the father fled in a white Chrysler 300, the indictment states.

As police searched the surrounding area after the shooting, a gun was discovered stashed in a bush outside Howington's home.

Police allege that she told them her boyfriend — who is not Destiny's father — hid the gun there. However, investigators obtained video footage shot by a neighbor that allegedly shows Howington hiding the weapon, reports WVLT-TV, the indictment states.

Detectives showed the footage to Howington, who allegedly admitted stashing the gun in the bush after wiping it down, according to the indictment. She allegedly said she wanted to protect her 2-year-old son, who'd found the firearm in a closet and shot his sister.

The indictment alleges she "did unlawfully kill [Destiny Oliver] during the perpetration of aggravated child neglect."

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Howington has yet to enter pleas to the charges against her, and her attorney could not be reached for comment.

The tampering charges stem from Howington's alleged efforts to destroy her cell phone the evening of her daughter's killing.

Police allege she told them she did not want detectives finding evidence on the phone of illicit marijuana sales she had allegedly conducted, according to the indictment.

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