NYPD cops suspended over response to woman who later died

Tonie Wells the 22-year-old mother who police found dead in Brookln NY on Dec. 27

29-year-old Barry Wells has been arrested in connection to the death of his 22-year-old wife.

When the neighbour and another resident went to investigate, they found the mum's body at the bottom of the basement stairwell.

"We are actively investigating the steps that were taken during the wellness check", an NYPD source told the Daily News. The husband was identified by police as a person of interest and was in custody for questioning, WPIX-TV reported.

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 amusing, ' according to police sources cited by the nypost. It is not clear what day or time Tonie's sister called 911 or what, if anything, the officers observed when they drove to the home.

But they never got out of their auto.

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. "If they did, they would have seen her". This is a very quiet block, I didn't hear anything today. "I'm still in shock", neighbor Michelle Ruiz told the New York Post.

Investigators are treating the death as a possible homicide, Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, Commanding Officer of Detective Borough Brooklyn North told reporters. Her husband, Barry Wells, was arrested in the death, but larger questions remain: why did the cops not get out of the vehicle, and why are police not taking these calls seriously?

But now the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau is probing whether the officers even went inside the apartment at all.

According to sources, police responded to two prior domestic incidents involving the couple.

Barry Wells appeared stone-faced as he was walked out of the back of the 77th Precinct wearing a blue sweatshirt with the hood over his head.

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