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

(Newser) – 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."

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Sep 13, 2013 12:32 AM CDT
Our hearts are sadden and devastated over this horrific tragedy that the family Is going through at this time, it's NOT as black & white as everyone makes it sound. The fact is a tragedy took place and we're all devastated & trying to make sense of it all. Know the real facts before you comment on something you know nothing about!
Sep 12, 2013 6:14 PM CDT
Reminds me of the Manfridi murder in West Hartford Ct in the '80s. Guy beat his wife to death with a baseball bat then dumped her body out the bedroom window, put it in the car and ran the car into a telephone pole to make it look like an 'accident'. ried to convince everyone that she was throwing up blood and decided to drive herself to the hospital....nearly naked. No one believed it. He's still in jail.
Sep 12, 2013 6:00 PM CDT
Most likely a brain-damaged smoker. They DO commit 90% of the crime, of course. More info. at: BAN THE TOBACCO DRUG, NOW!