NYPD cops suspended over response to woman who later died

Tonie Wells 22 was found dead in her Crown Heights Brooklyn home on Dec. 27 2017

Wells' body was discovered at the bottom of the stairs into the basement.

It was the toddler's cries that eventually led police to the grisly discovery, which was made just before 10am on Wednesday.

It was then, shortly before 10 a.m., that NY police officers found the pregnant 22-year-old's dead body at the bottom of a basement staircase, WCBS reported, but it wasn't the first time someone had called NYPD wondering what might be happening inside that Crown Heights home in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her neck was bruised and her body showed other signs of trauma, police said.

On Thursday, it was revealed that police were supposed to perform a welfare check on the 22-year-old woman at the request of her sister, who reportedly said that Tonie was scared of her husband, but the two cops who responded to the scene allegedly took off without ever getting out of their cruiser.

She was apparently strangled and thrown down he stairs, law enforcement sources said.

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The detained man is not the father of Wells' 2-year-old, according to family members. "I'm still in shock", neighbor Michelle Ruiz told the New York Post. "They didn't even go up to the house".

Neighbors told the newspaper they were shocked by the violent tragedy.

"An initial determination deemed this person's death to be suspicious and it is now being investigated", Deputy Chief Michael Kempfer said.

"I always speak to how proud I am of our officers, but unfortunately when we don't live up to that standard we have to fully investigate", Police Commissioner James O'Neill said in a statement.

According to the Post, police have previously responded to a domestic incident at the home. Her husband, Barry Wells, was arrested in the death, but larger questions remain: why did the cops not get out of the auto, and why are police not taking these calls seriously?

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