Police are questioning the husband of Brooklyn woman, Tonie Wells after she was found dead at the bottom of staircase at her home.
Notice of the woman’s death came after neighbors were alerted by the sounds of a crying infant circa 10 am, Wednesday morning, along with loud banging noises.
Upon entering the woman’s Crown Heights home, cops told of finding the eight month pregnant woman at the bottom of a basement staircase. A regard of the deceased woman revealed bruising around her neck, prompting calls Wells had been strangled. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the woman’s death was the result of having been pushed down the stairs or the result of strangulation.
The nypost reported the NYPD now treating the woman’s death as a possible homicide with cops now ‘actively’ seeking the whereabouts of Wells’ 29-year-old husband, Barry Wells, for questioning.
Told a police source, ‘Witnesses heard an argument and something falling down the stairs’.
Come late Wednesday, the husband was arrested and taken in for questioning.
Tonie Wells a previous victim of domestic violence at the home?
Most damning were revelations that NYPD cops had been called to the Brooklyn home earlier that Wednesday to check on Wells who told 911 she was ‘scared’ of her husband because he was ‘acting funny,’ according to police sources cited by the nypost.
But they never got out of their car.
Neighbor Michelle Ruiz, 22, who last saw the young mom three weeks ago, confirmed that Wells was pregnant and sources say police are aware of a social media post by Wells detailing that she was 8-months pregnant.
‘They seemed like a nice family,’ Ruiz said of the couple, whose Facebook pages are both filled with photos of each other.
‘I would see them together. She was nice. He was always pleasant. This is a very quiet block, I didn’t hear anything today. I’m still in shock,’ Ruiz said. ‘I would never think in a million years something like this would happen.’
The on-and-off couple married in the spring but the nature of their current relationship was unclear NBC reported.
During a press conference, Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, Commanding Officer of Detective Borough Brooklyn North said Wells’ death was deemed suspicious.
‘Preliminarily, the deceased female has bruising on her neck and it appears as if she was either pushed or fell down the flight of stairs leading to the basement,’ Kemper said.
Neighbors heard the cries of the woman’s 2-year-old child who was also in the home — and when they rushed over to investigate, they discovered Wells’ lifeless body and called police.
The Medical Examiner will determine the official cause of the death.
Cops have previously responded to a report of one other domestic incident at the home, authorities said.
Internal Affairs Bureau has now launched an investigation into the officers who were initially dispatched, as friends and family wonder whether police have blood on their hands….