FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ — A 92-year-old Arizona woman has been charged with shooting her 72-year-old son to death, supposedly because he wanted to move her into a nursing home.
Anna Mae Blessing faces charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and kidnapping.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office police entered Anna Mae’s home on Monday and discovered her son Thomas Blessing dead on the floor of his bedroom, the victim of gunshot wounds to his neck and jaw.
According to the officers, Anna Mae told them on the spot that she shot Thomas because he wanted to put her in an assisted-living facility.
Thomas’s unidentified girlfriend was reportedly also in the room. She said Anna Mae had hidden two handguns in her robe and entered the bedroom arguing about how her son treated her.
Anna Mae allegedly produced one pistol from her robe and opened fired on Thomas, killing him. The girlfriend says Anna Mae then pointed the weapon at her, but she managed to disarm the elderly woman in a struggle.
Afterward, Anna Mae reportedly sat in a chair and waited for the cops to show up.
Arrest documents indicate Anna Mae had moved in with Thomas and his girlfriend four months earlier. Their conflicts reportedly escalated over the previous few nights after Thomas suggested assisted living.
Upon being arrested, Anna Mae reportedly told officers she purchased the firearms in the 1970s. She also attested that she wanted to shoot herself right then and there, but she could not because the girlfriend had taken her guns away.
According to court documents, Anna Mae addressed Thomas on the way out. The police wrote:
“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.'”
In addition, when officers asked Anna Mae what she thought should happen next, she reportedly told them: “I should be put to sleep.”
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Main photo: Anna Mae Blessing [Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office]