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

Anna Blessing’s booking information

Anna Blessing’s booking information

A 92-YEAR-OLD WOMAN has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her 72-year-old son over his plans to put her in a nursing home, USA police have said.

"As officers led Blessing out of the home, she spontaneously said, 'You took my life, so I'm taking yours, '" the court document said. She shot him twice, then pointed the gun at his girlfriend, they said.

Once she was disarmed, Blessing sat on a reclining chair until deputies arrived and arrested her, officials said.

Ms Blessing later told them she deserved to be "put to sleep" for her actions. The woman had hid two pistols under her robe when she confronted about it to her son on Monday morning.

She reportedly told deputies that she removed the gun and fired multiple rounds, killing her son.

The 92-year-old attempted to turn the second pistol toward her son's girlfriend, who knocked it from her hand and called the police.

The son's girlfriend told authorities Blessing had been living with them for six months before the incident.

According to police, Blessing had been contemplating her son's intentions of sending her to an assisted living facility.

She stashed two guns in her pockets for the fateful confrontation.

Police found her unnamed son with bullet wounds to the jaw and neck.

"It is always concerning when domestic issues escalate to violence or tragic outcomes", Penzone told KSAZ-TV. 'They are often isolated and neither predictable nor preventable'.

Police arrested Blessing and charged her with murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.

Blessing's husband, Billy Blessing, died in 2007 in Florida.

She is being held in jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing for Anna Mae Blessing is scheduled within the next few weeks.

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