Arizona woman 92 kills son after refusing to go to nursing home

Marsha Scott
July 5, 2018

A 92-year-old woman shot and killed her son in Arizona after she refused to be sent to an assisted living facility, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

According to a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office news release, Anna Mae Blessing was distraught and angry for days after learning her son, 72, planned to put her in a nursing home.

Court documents said that as Blessing was escorted from the home she said to detectives that she had told to her son "you took my life, so I'm taking yours".

According to detectives, Blessing hid two handguns in the pockets of her robe and confronted her son in his room Monday morning.

She then attempted to shoot her son's girlfriend but the younger woman was able to wrestle the gun away from Blessing and threw it in the corner, police said.

Police found Mrs Blessing in a reclining chair in her bedroom.

Blessing told investigators the last time she fired either handgun was the 1970s.

Despite her age, Blessing is some way off becoming the oldest murderer in American history.

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She then pointed the weapon at her son's 57-year-old partner, who was able to disarm her of both firearms and call the sheriff's department.

After killing her son and trying to kill his girlfriend Blessing sat in her recliner and contemplated killing herself, but no longer had a weapon to do so, it is claimed.

Now her son is dead, and she faces a charge of first-degree murder, CBS 5 reported.

Mrs Blessing told police she had meant to kill herself, too. One of the guns was a gift from her late husband, Anna Mae said.

Blessing has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping. "They are often isolated and neither predictable nor preventable".

Blessing remains in jail, held on a $500,000 cash bond.

She is scheduled to appear in court again on July 10 at the Regional Court Center Downtown in Phoenix.

They moved her here from out of state six months ago.

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