Husband in Custody, Cops Suspended in Young Brooklyn Mother's Stairwell Death

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

Two NYPD officers were suspended Thursday after a woman who they were assigned to check on was later found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in her building in Crown Heights, the NYPD said.

Sources close to the NYPD revealed that officers were "responding to a wellness check" at the couple's home but failed to get out of their patrol vehicle in a statement to The Post. The development comes almost 24 hours after Tonie Wells, was found dead on the steps of her own Sterling Place home in Crown Heights.

Those two NYPD officers have been suspended.

Sometime after the initial emergency call, a neighbour called 911 to report hearing the cries of Toni Wells' two-year-old daughter inside the home.

She had trauma to her body and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Cops took her husband into custody for questioning.

The detained man is not the father of Wells' 2-year-old, according to family members.

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"It was him, ' Tonie Wells" sister told the Daily News.

While officers were dispatched to the Wells' Crown Heights residence, they didn't even get out of their auto to check on the woman, law enforcement sources told the Post.

Wells' neighbor, Michelle Ruiz, 22, who last saw Wells three weeks ago, told the Post that Wells was pregnant.

"They didn't even go up to the house", a neighbor reportedly said.

"An initial determination deemed this person's death to be suspicious and it is now being investigated", Deputy Chief Michael Kempfer said. Police officials are also looking into whether the 911 dispatcher gave the officers complete information about the incident. According to the ACLU, 88 percent of domestic abuse field workers say "police sometimes or often do not believe victims or blame victims for the violence".

While the exact charges filed against Wells have yet to be revealed, and details on an official cause of death is pending, new reports of negligence on behalf of the NYPD has emerged.

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