Woman in coma after 'domestic violence' attack
A woman is in a coma and a man is behind bars after an alleged domestic violence-related incident in the NSW Hunter region.
NSW Police allege an argument broke out between the 41-year-old woman and the 40-year-old man at home in Merriwa, west of Muswellbrook, about 1.30pm on Sunday.
During the fight the woman is alleged to have struck and bitten the man and the man is alleged to have slapped her, causing her to fall backward and hit her head.
An ambulance was called with paramedics treating the woman for head injuries before she was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition, detectives say.
The woman underwent emergency surgery and is expected to be in an induced coma for several days.
Twenty-four hours later, at 1.30 am on Monday, police arrested the man and charged him with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm and breaching an apprehended domestic violence order.
He was treated for a laceration to his hand and bruising to his cheek and was refused bail to appear in Muswellbrook Local Court on Monday.
*For 24-hour domestic violence support call the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or MensLine on 1800 600 636.