Woman, 92, refuses assisted living facility, shoots and kills son
Jul 04 2018
The 92-year-old has been charged with murder in the first degree, as well as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, around 10 a.m., deputies responded to a call of an unknown trouble at a home near Palisades and Saguaro boulevards.
According to a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office press release, Blessing told officers that she "fired multiple rounds striking and killing her son".
A 92-year-old Arizona woman was charged with murder after she allegedly killed her son for trying to take her to an assisted-living facility, police said Tuesday.
The mother hid two firearms in her robe pockets before facing him in his bedroom, police said in a statement.
She told cops she wanted to kill herself but was unable to do so after her son's girlfriend took the weapons away, the newspaper reported.
Blessing then pointed her pistol at the son's 57-year-old girlfriend, who had been hiding in the corner during the altercation, the document said. Her son's girlfriend was also at the home at the time of the shooting, but she was not injured.
Police found Mrs Blessing in a reclining chair in her bedroom. She was arrested without incident. Court records show she believed her son and his girlfriend were talking about putting her in the facility because she had become "difficult to deal with".
The son's name was not immediately released.
She told authorities that she argued with her son on Monday morning over the way she was being treated and was upset with him stating that he was going to place her in assisted living.
She pulled out a second pistol, which she told police her late husband had given to her in the 1970s. She will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on 13 July.
When Blessing was asked what she thinks should happen to her, she replied she should be "put to sleep" as a result of her actions.
A judge ordered Blessing to be held on a $500,00 cash bond.