Woman, 92, charged with killing son because she didn’t want to go to assisted living

July 5, 2018

A 92-year-old woman was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing her son, 72, because she didn’t want to be sent to an assisted living facility, authorities said.

Anna Mae Blessing reportedly told deputies as she was escorted from the apartment she shared with her son: “You took my life, so I’m taking yours.”

Blessing had been contemplating her son’s plan to move her to assisted living for several days before the shooting on Monday. She told deputies her son claimed she was “difficult to live with” in their Fountain Hills, Ariz., apartment.

Blessing reported hiding two pistols in the pockets of her robe before confronting her sleeping son, court records show.

She fired one of the pistols multiple times, striking and killing her son before pointing the gun at his girlfriend, who wrestled away the firearm and threw it into a corner of the room, court records show.

Blessing then retrieved the second handgun from her pocket, records show, and attempted to point it at the girlfriend, who again knocked it out of her hand.

While the girlfriend fled the room, court records said, Blessing proceeded to sit in her recliner in her bedroom and told detectives that she wanted to kill herself, but had no additional weapons to do so.

Deputies arrived following the incident and took Blessing into custody.

Officials said Blessing faces charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping. Her bond was set at $500,000.

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