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Woman, 92, accused of murdering son who wanted to put her in a nursing home

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MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. -- A 92-year-old woman is accused of killing her son because he wanted to move her into an assisted living facility.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the woman lived with her 72-year-old son and his girlfriend at the girlfriend's condo. The couple moved the elderly woman into their home from out-of-state six months ago. 

Court records show Anna Mae Blessing believed her son, Thomas Blessing, and his girlfriend were talking about putting her in assisted living because she had become 'difficult to deal with'. 

Detectives say Blessing hid two handguns in the pockets of her robe and confronted her son in his room. Deputies say she shot him twice, then pointed the gun at his girlfriend. 

Then, according to Sergeant Bryant Vanegas of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, "They struggled over the handgun, she was able to dislodge the handgun out of her hands and Blessing was able to pull out a secondary handgun and they struggled over that handgun as well." 

The girlfriend was able to call 911 and when deputies got there, blessing was sitting in her recliner and her son was dead in the other room.

Sergeant Vanegas says, "This is definitely an odd one. You know, there's a lot of circumstances surrounding it of course, but it's definitely something you don't see every day and it's very unfortunate that this took place."

Blessing has been charged with first degree murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

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