Cops: Son Wanted Her in Assisted Living. She Killed Him

92-year-old Anna Blessing allegedly hid pistols in her robe
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2018 4:06 AM CDT
Updated Jul 4, 2018 6:19 AM CDT
Cops: Woman, 92, Killed Son Over Move to Nursing Home
Anna Mae Blessing.   (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A 92-year-old Arizona woman who didn't want to move to a nursing home might be spending the rest of her days in prison instead. Police say Anna Blessing told them she had been contemplating her 72-year-old son's plans to put her in assisted living for several days before she confronted him in his bedroom Monday morning with two pistols concealed in her robe, Fox News reports. According to a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office press release, Blessing told officers that she "fired multiple rounds striking and killing her son." She then pointed the weapon at the son's girlfriend, who managed to disarm her after a struggle, police say. The girlfriend was also able to "dislodge" the second firearm after Blessing produced it, according to the police release.

Police say that Blessing told them she thought about killing herself after the girlfriend left the room, but she lacked the weapons to do so, the Arizona Republic reports. She told police that her son wanted her to leave the Fountain Hills home because she had become "difficult to live with." She reportedly said she told her son: "You took my life, so I'm taking yours." Blessing has been charged with first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and kidnapping. She is being held on $500,000 bond. "It is always concerning when domestic issues escalate to violence or tragic outcomes," says Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone. "They are often isolated and neither predictable nor preventable." (Read more Arizona stories.)

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