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92-year-old US woman kills son to avoid nursing home

Maricopa County Sheriff									Anna Mae Blessing Maricopa County Sheriff Anna Mae Blessing
Faye Gross | 04 July, 2018, 18:16

The 92-year-old has been charged with murder in the first degree, as well as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.

Deputies were called out to Fountain Hills about 10 a.m. Monday.

Arizona police said Anna Mae Blessing was arrested on suspicion of murdering the 72-year-old man, and was being held in lieu of $500,000 (AU$677,000) bail, court officials said.

An elderly woman is accused of fatally shooting her son after he planned to put her in an assisted living facility, according to KSAZ-TV.

Ms Blessing also told detectives that she should be "put to sleep" for her actions and had meant to kill herself following the incident. Then the 92-year-old woman pulled out the second pistol, but her son's girlfriend was able to knock it from her hand. Blessing aimed at the girlfriend and the two struggled over the weapon.

In courtroom video, Blessing sits in a wheelchair as a judge reads off the charges she faces and informs her of her several upcoming hearings.

The incident took place in Arizona, US.

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Blessing said her son told her he was going to put her in a care home because she "had become hard to live with".

The son's name was not immediately released.

Mrs Blessing told police she had meant to kill herself, too. She removed one of the guns from her pocket and opened fire, shooting multiple times, police said.

The suspect stated she stored the two handguns on the floor under a shelf in her bedroom. She also said she should be "put to sleep" for her actions.

"This is definitely an odd one", he said. "You know, there's a lot of circumstances surrounding it, of course, but it's definitely something you don't see every day, and it's very unfortunate that this took place".

Blessing's son wanted her to leave for an assisted living facility because she "had become hard to live with". "They are often isolated and neither predictable nor preventable".

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