WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Anna Mae Blessing, 92, of Phoenix, Arizona allegedly killed her son who was planning to send her to a nursing home.
- The victim, 72-year-old Thomas Blessing was shot Monday in his bedroom after an argument with his mother.
- Deputies discovered 13 guns in the house, two of them belonging to the 92-year-old Blessing.
A 92-year-old woman from Arizona allegedly fatally shot her son who wanted to place her in an assisted living facility, according to authorities. Anna Mae Blessing faces first-degree murder charges, aggravated assault and kidnapping. She is being held in a jail infirmary due to her age.
The police arrived at their home in Fountain Hills Monday and found 72-year-old Thomas Blessing dead, according to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
The nonagenarian shot her son several times in his bedroom following an argument, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. Blessing allegedly hid her two pistols in the pockets of her robe.
“From my understanding, she had thought about it for a few days,” Maricopa County Sgt. Bryant Vanejas told CNN affiliate KPHO. “There was a dispute regarding her son wanting to put her in an assisted living home.”
According to court documents, Thomas Blessing’s girlfriend who was also in the bedroom said she heard Blessing complaining that she was tired of the way her son treated her.
After shooting her son, the old woman then pointed the gun at her son’s girlfriend, who managed to grab it from her. When Blessing pulled out the second pistol, the woman also knocked it out of her hand, the documents said.
After losing both pistols, Blessing sat on a reclining chair where the deputies found her and arrested her, officials said.
“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.
KPHO reported that Blessing moved in with her son and his girlfriend early this year.
Blessing told police that she had bought one of the pistols in the late 1970s and the other gun was given to her by her husband.
According to NBC2, information on her attorney was not immediately available.