Greenwich woman in critical condition after assault, husband allegedly confessed

 
Police say that Michael Demaio bludgeoned his wife, leaving her in critical condition.

Police say that Michael Demaio bludgeoned his wife, leaving her in critical condition.

UPDATED THURSDAY 3:30 P.M. — Police say that a domestic violence incident that took place on Round Hill Road Tuesday night has left a Greenwich woman in critical condition at Stamford Hospital. Her husband has been arrested for the crime and an investigation is ongoing.

Michael F. Demaio, 55, was arraigned at Stamford Superior Court Wednesday morning after being charged with criminal attempt at murder and first degree assault. Bail was issued at $1 million and he reportedly has posted it and been given house arrest with an electronic ankle bracelent monitoring his movements.

According to a written police report describing the incident and the warrant for Mr. Demaio’s arrest, police reported to Mr. Demaio’s Round Hill Road residence on Tuesday night on the report of a domestic incident. The reporting party, later identified as the victim’s mother, said there was an injured woman in the house.

Greenwich Police Officer Thomas Huestis arrived at the scene first and reportedly observed Mr. Demaio opening the front door to his residence, at which point the officer drew his handgun and directed him to lay face down on the ground.

At that time, Greenwich Police Officer Albert Moavero arrived on scene and stayed with Mr. Demaio as Officer Huestis entered the home, reporting that he heard a woman screaming from within the residence. Upon entering the home’s second floor, the officer located Ms. Sica who was screaming “Help me, my daughter is dying.”

After locating the victim in the closet of the home’s master bedroom, Officer Huestis reported finding her bleeding profusely from the head and observed a large laceration on her skull. The victim was observed to be unable to respond to verbal stimuli and to have shallow breathing. Shortly afterward, Greenwich Emergency Medical Service (GEMS) personnel arrived on scene and transported the victim to Stamford Hospital where she was said to be in critical condition with life threatening injuries to her head and face.

On Thursday morning, police said that there was no update on her condition.

Greenwich Police Public Information Officer Lt. Kraig Gray said the victim was beaten with a bat “across her entire body.” He said that thus far, there has been no indication police had responded to the couple’s address previously to investigate claims of domestic violence, but that did not necessarily mean she had not sought anonymous help or counseling in the past. The warrant for Mr. Demaio’s arrest indicated that Mr. Demaio did not have a criminal record. The warrant also verified that there are no firearms registered to him based on the state of Connecticut Firearm Database.

While outside the Demaio residence, Officer Moavero reported that Mr. Demaio spoke to him briefly, saying, “I lost it, I just lost it” but did not communicate further at that time.

“We’re investigating to find out what the motive was here.” Lt. Gray said.

The warrant for Mr. Demaio’s arrest indicated that he had no history of mental health or substance abuse problems.

Mr. Demaio was taken into custody from the scene on Tuesday night without incident. While in police custody, he was interviewed by members of the Greenwich Detective Division to which he made a full audio and video taped confession stating that he had struck the victim numerous times around the head and body with a  baseball bat after he became angry with her.

At the Greenwich Board of Selectmen meeting on Thursday morning, First Selectman Peter Tesei urged residents to pray for the victim.

“We need to all marshal our prayers and our thoughts that she make a full recovery,” Mr. Tesei said, calling the incident a “tragic and horrific” incident of domestic violence.

The Post will provide more details as they become available.

 

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