Cops: Husband Brutally Beat Wife in Conn. Mansion

Diane DeMaio in coma after baseball bat attack
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2013 11:30 AM CDT
Cops: Husband Brutally Beat Wife in Conn. Mansion
Michael DeMaio.   (WTNH)

When police arrived at the DeMaio family's $7.3 million mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, Tuesday night, they found Diane DeMaio lying unmoving in a bedroom-size closet, blood pooling around her, head resting on ice packs. "That monster hit her and she's dying," the 54-year-old's mother told police. She was referring to DeMaio's husband, Michael, who according to police confessed with "eerie calm" that he'd hit Demaio on the head and body with a baseball bat, Greenwich Time reports.

"I lost it, I just lost it," DeMaio said as police handcuffed him. The unemployed man allegedly flew into a rage when Diane, a nutritionist, said she was leaving him. Greenwich Time today reports that Diane suffered multiple skull fractures and is currently in a coma. Michael has been charged with attempted murder, but prosecutors say that could be upgraded to actual murder if Diane dies. The 55-year-old is being held on $1 million bond; even if he posts that, he'll be outfitted with a GPS ankle bracelet to keep him away from his wife. His public defender tells the AP, DeMaio is under "extreme emotional distress in terms of his personal life." (More Diane DeMaio stories.)

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