Police: Van Buren Man Slams Former Wife Onto Floor, Cracks Her Skull

A Van Buren man is behind bars after picking up his former wife by the throat and slamming her onto a hard floor, cracking her skull, according to a police report.

The suspect is Michael Didion, 37, the report states.

Police responded to a call from Didion on Thursday (June 20) regarding a possible domestic battery case at Sparks Regional Medical Center. When they arrived, he was outside the hospital on a bench, and he told police that he pushed his former wife down really hard inside the hospital, according to the report.

The officer went inside and found the victim Erin Didion, 29, on the floor, being attended to by medical personnel. When asked what happened, she told police that she was walking down the hallway, and when she turned a corner, her ex-husband appeared, grabbed her around the throat and slammed her to the floor where she hit the back of her skull, the report states.

“She’s got a skull fracture,” said Erin Didion’s mother Shell Phomsopha. “She has head trauma, she has an ear fracture, she has staples in her head, she’s got a lot of drainage from the ear.”

As a result, she now had pain in her head and couldn’t recall her address, phone number or any other events at the time, according to the report.

She was taken away by medical personnel, and officers noted a small bit of blood coming from her left ear.  Officers later learned that she required emergency care due to a cracked skull, and she was transported to Saint Edward Mercy Hospital for neurosurgery, the report states.

Didion was booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center and faces a charge of domestic battery – 2nd degree.

Didion is the owner of Didion Athletics in Van Buren, a fitness center that regularly caters to children.


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