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92-year-old Woman Kills 72-year-old Son Over Plan to Send Her to Old-age Home

Anna Mae Blessing, who is charged with murder, contemplated her son's intentions to put her into care for days, US media reported.

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Updated:July 4, 2018, 8:37 PM IST
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92-year-old Woman Kills 72-year-old Son Over Plan to Send Her to Old-age Home
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Washington: A 92-year-old woman in the US state of Arizona allegedly shot dead her son, 72, to scuttle his plans to send her into a care home, police said on Wednesday.

Anna Mae Blessing, who is charged with murder, contemplated her son's intentions to put her into care for days, US media reported.

"You took my life, so I'm taking yours," she reportedly said as she was escorted out of the Arizona home she shared with her son and his girlfriend.

She told police she had intended to kill herself, too.

"From my understanding, she had thought about it for a few days because there was a dispute regarding her son wanting to put her in an assisted living home," Maricopa County Sgt. Bryant Vanejas told CNN affiliate KPHO.

The incident happened in the morning of July 2 in the town of Fountain Hills, Maricopa county, police said.

Blessing's son, whose name has not been released, wanted her to leave for an assisted living facility because she "had become difficult to live with".

The mother concealed two firearms in her robe pockets before confronting her son in his bedroom, police said in a statement. During the ensuing argument, she pulled out one revolver, purchased in the 1970s, and fired at her son.

Police found the son dead, with two bullet wounds to his neck and jaw.

Blessing then pointed the gun at her son's 57-year-old girlfriend, who managed to wrestle it away and throw it into a corner of the room.

She then pulled out a second pistol, which she told police her late husband had given to her in the 1970s. The girlfriend managed to knock this one out of Blessing's hands, too, before escaping and calling the sheriff's office.

Police found Blessing in a reclining chair in her bedroom. She later told them she deserved to be "put to sleep" for her actions.

She is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping, and her bail was set at USD 500,000.

Police said they had visited the residence before, following a verbal altercation between Blessing and her son.

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| Edited by: Padmaja Venkataraman
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