92-year-old woman kills son for trying to put her in nursing home
Anna Mae Blessing told the police that her son wanted to move her to a nursing home because she was becoming difficult to live with.
A 92-year-old woman from Arizona allegedly shot her son and killed him on Monday after he attempted to place her in an assisted living facility, according to reports.
The woman, identified as Anna Mae Blessing of Fountain Hills, reportedly appeared in court in a wheelchair and orange jumpsuit on Tuesday. Blessing is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping, according to Daily Mail.
Blessing shot her son Thomas with one of the two weapons she had hidden under her bed in her room, which was in his girlfriend's condo. Thomas, who was 72-years-old, moved to his girlfriend's condo with his mother six months ago and his mother was worried that the couple was planning to move her to a nursing home.
BREAKING: 92 y/o Arizona woman charged with shooting, killing son, 72, after police say he was trying to take her to an assisted-living facility. Anna Mae Blessing is now charged with first degree murder. pic.twitter.com/opRvCrbKQV— Matt Rodewald FOX 10 (@Matt_Fox10) July 3, 2018
Reports state that Blessing, on Monday morning, hid two pistols inside her house robe and walked into her son's room and shot him twice. One of the bullets hit his neck while the other pierced through his jaw. Blessing then moved towards Thomas' 57-year-old girlfriend with the gun pointed at her, but then the woman swiftly wrestled the weapon out of the nonagenarian's hand. The incident, however, was not over. Blessing took out another gun from her robe but the girlfriend also managed to wrestle the second weapon out of her hand.
Reports state that without any weapons, Blessing then sat back in a recliner chair and waited for police to arrive at the scene.
Anna Mae Blessing told deputies her son wanted her to leave because she "had become difficult to live with." https://t.co/FVRYzaynOA— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 4, 2018
After Blessing was arrested, she proclaimed: "You ended my life, so I'm taking yours." She reportedly also told the officers that she wanted to kill herself but she was not left with any more weapons. When the officials asked her what she thinks should happen to her now, she reportedly "replied with she should be 'put to sleep' as a result of her actions."
She told the detectives that both the guns used in the incident — a revolver and a .25 caliber pistol — were hers and that she had not used either of the weapons since the 1970s before Monday's incident. Thomas, her son, had reportedly been arrested for harassment and assault previously.
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said that police had been called previously to at least one other case of domestic violence which involved Blessing and her son. However, Penzone did not divulge any further details regarding the incident.
Anna Mae Blessing told authorities that she argued with her son over the way she was being treated.https://t.co/bvzph1nuw9— TribLIVE.com (@TribLIVE) July 4, 2018
Penzone, while talking to KSAZ-TV, said: "It is always concerning when domestic issues escalate to violence or tragic outcomes. They are often isolated and neither predictable nor preventable." Blessing's bond has reportedly been set at $500,000 and she is due to reappear in court on July 10.