92-year-old woman accused of fatally shooting son in Arizona

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92-year-old woman accused of fatally shooting son in Arizona

The 72-year-old victim had told his mother that he wanted to sent her to an assisted-living home and Anna Mae Blessing considered what he'd said for a few days, police said.

A 92-year-old Arizona woman was charged with murder after she allegedly killed her son for trying to take her to an assisted-living facility, police said Tuesday. The woman had hid two pistols under her robe when she confronted about it to her son on Monday morning.

She told cops she wanted to kill herself but was unable to do so after her son's girlfriend took the weapons away, the newspaper reported.

"Blessing retrieved the second handgun and attempted to point it at the girlfriend, who knocked it from Blessing's possession", according to the sheriff's office.

The suspect then tried to shoot his girlfriend, but she charged Blessing and managed to wrestle the pistols from her. She then confronted her son in the master bedroom of the home they shared, along with the son's girlfriend, in Fountain Hills, Ariz.

"As the suspect was being escorted from the residence, she made a spontaneous statement to the effect of 'You took my life, so I'm taking yours, '" court documents said. She was arrested without incident. Her son was wounded and died at the scene, according to police.

Maricopa Sheriff Paul Penzone said: "It is always concerning when domestic issues escalate to violence or tragic outcomes". She is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on July 13.

A judge ordered Blessing to be held on a $500,00 cash bond. Anna Mae Blessing lived in Visalia, California, from 1990 to 1992 and in Kissimmee, Florida, from 1992 to 2017, records show.

During the ensuing argument, she pulled out one revolver, purchased in the 1970s, and fired at her son.

She told police she deserved to be "put to sleep" for her actions.

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