CHANDLER, AZ – A man in Arizona has been arrested after he allegedly slit his 89-year-old grandmother’s throat because he was tired of caring for her.

Early Sunday morning, 30-year-old Brandon Smith called 911 to report his grandmother was not breathing and looked like she had been beaten up.

When officers arrived at the apartment Smith shared with his grandmother, they found 89-year-old Helen Smith stabbed to death inside a bathroom.

Brandon had already left the scene before police arrived but was taken into custody shortly afterward. According to police (and his booking photo), Brandon was under the influence of drugs and\or alcohol.

Police say Brandon told them that he was frustrated that he was the only one in the family taking care of his grandmother, who suffered from dementia.

That morning, Helen had urinated on herself so Brandon took her to the bathroom for a shower. Agravated, Brandon slapped his grandmother so hard she fell unconscious in the tub.

Not wanting his grandmother to live like this anymore, Brandon told police he decided to end her suffering.

So he went to the kitchen where he retrieve the knife he used to slit his grandmother’s throat.

Brandon is now facing a charge of premeditated first-degree murder. He was already on probation for aggravated assault.

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