USA woman, 92, kills son to avoid being sent into care home

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A 92-year-old woman has been charged with first-degree murder after she allegedly shot her son dead because he wanted her to move into a care home.

The elderly mother faced off with her 72-year-old son at his Fountain Hills home, pulled a pistol from her bathrobe and blasted him around 10 a.m. Monday, according to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

The court heard that Blessing had been anxious about her son's plans to put her in a home because she 'had become hard to live with'.

It was later determined during an interview with the suspect that she believed her life was being taken as a result of her son and his girlfriend attempting to place her into an assisted living facility, police said.

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When they searched the building, they found Blessing sitting in a recliner, and arrested her there after she continued to refuse to follow their orders, police said in a probable cause statement.

She explained that both the guns she used, a revolver and a.25 caliber pistol, were hers but that she hadn't fired either since the 1970s, before Monday. Police reported that after she used them on her son, his girlfriend is said to have come into the room only to have Anna Mae point the gun at her. Her son's name was not released by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in the press release about Blessing's arrest. Apparently, her son had plans to send her to one. According to court documents, police have been called to the home before for a verbal altercation between Blessing and her son, and the guns were given to her from her late husband in the 70s.

A first degree murder charge, one count of aggravated assault and kidnapping has been filed on the woman.

Her bond was set at $500,000. 'They are often isolated and neither predictable nor preventable'. She will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on 13 July.

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