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PHOENIX -– A Bellingham man  is in custody for allegedly trying to fatally choke his mother while he was visiting her in a Phoenix hospital.

Phoenix police say the 25-year-old told them he wanted to kill his mother because she was mean, called him names and didn’t contribute to society.

The Arizona Republic says the man and his mother were both visiting Arizona from Bellingham.

It isn’t immediately clear why the mother was hospitalized Monday.

She told police that her son had climbed into her bed in her private room at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital and began strangling her.

Hospital staffers entered the room, forcibly removed the man and called police.

It was unclear Tuesday whether he was still in jail and whether he had legal representation yet.