110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Nov 4, 2013 - 1:37:52pm
A DeBary woman, 64-year-old Margaret Thomas, was hospitalized in critical condition due to a brain injury after a domestic disturbance this morning, Monday, Nov. 4, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office reported.
Her son-in-law, 46-year-old Michael Helmers, was arrested after "deputies had to force their way in," after hearing Michael Helmers yelling at his wife, Freda Helmers, inside the house, Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davison stated.
The arrest came after a 1:22 a.m. report of a domestic disturbance at the Helmers residence on Grande Vista Street.
Freda Helmers told deputies Michael Helmers was drunk, and pushed her and struck her in the face with his forearms. He also screamed about Freda Helmers’ mother, Margaret Thomas, who lives next door, and demanded that his wife have Thomas come over, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
"She did, and when Thomas showed up, Helmers is accused of pushing her, throwing her onto a couch, and then shoving her back down on the ground. Helmers eventually let Thomas leave. Helmers also left the house briefly, but returned to continue the physical confrontation with his wife," Davidson said.
After a short search, deputies found Thomas collapsed on a nearby driveway. She had labored breathing and a pool of blood around her, the Sheriff's Office reported. A Sheriff's Office helicopter flew Thomas to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where doctors found bleeding in her brain, Davidson said.
Freda Helmers sustained minor injuries that didn't require medical attention, he added.
Deputies charged Michael Helmers with battery and aggravated battery. He's being held without bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail.
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