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92-year-old woman killed her son when she suspected she was going to be put in a retirement home, police say

A 92-year-old Arizona woman killed her son after she suspected he was going to place her in an assisted living facility, police said.

Anna Mae Blessing was charged with 1st degree murder, kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, Blessing contemplated for several days before taking action. She put two pistols in the pockets of her robe when she confronted her 72-year-old son and his girlfriend Monday morning in his bedroom. During the confrontation, Blessing shot her son multiple times.

Blessing then turned the gun on his girlfriend and the two struggled over the weapon, police said. When the girlfriend managed to get the gun out of Blessing’s hand, the 92-year-old retrieved the other pistol from her pocket. The two fought again before the girlfriend again knocked the pistol out of her hand.

After she was disarmed, Blessing waited in her recliner until police arrived and arrested her, officials said.

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