GREENWICH, Conn. (WTNH) -- Police say a mother was attacked by her husband with a baseball bat at their mansion in Greenwich.
Neighbors say they didn't hear anything last night. But, now hearing the details of the crime, they're horrified.
Forensic technicians are still on scene, after police say the nestled back Greenwich mansion become the setting of a brutal crime.
"Oh my God, it's scary. I had no idea," said a neighbor.
"I mean this is the craziest thing. I would have never expected this especially in this neighborhood. People usually keep to themselves and they're usually good people," said Jack Varvel, a neighbor.
55-year-old Michael Demaio faced the judge Wednesday in Stamford Superior Court. He showed little emotion while consulting with his attorney.
Police say just after 6 Tuesday night, a 911 call alerted them to Round Hill Road. He's charged with attempted murder, accused of bludgeoning his wife 54-year-old Diane Demaio with a baseball bat.
"I think I met them maybe once or twice, they came over the house," said Varvel.
Jack Varvel lives next door to the home, he says he's never seen police there before, and rarely hears sirens in this picturesque neighborhood.
"We don't believe we've been there for a previous domestic incident," said Lt. Kraig Gray, Greenwich Police Dept.
Our media partner, the Connecticut Post, reports Michael became enraged when he learned his wife was trying to leave him. They're reporting he confessed to the crime to detectives and police say he did not fight the arrest.
"I was at the scene last evening, but it wasn't something I could really explain except it's unfortunate that it happened in a family setting," said Chief James Heavey, Greenwich Police Dept.
A family setting with many residents in disbelief.
"It's a terrible, tragedy, really sad," said Varvel.
"Domestic violence is an unfortunate part of life, and even in Greenwich we respond sometimes over 200 times a year to various types of domestic cases," said Heavey.
Demaio is being held on a $1 million bond. If he posts the money, he can not be within 100 yards or contact his wife or her mother.
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