Neighbors reportedly alerted police after hearing the cries of her two-year-old daughter.
Two New York City Police officers have been suspended on suspicion of failing to perform a welfare check on a 22-year-old pregnant woman who was later found dead in her Brooklyn home - and now her husband has been arrested in her death.
"We're conducting an internal investigation to look at the actions of those two officers and quite frankly everybody involved in the response to that incident", NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said at an unrelated press conference on Thursday.
Witnesses on the scene allegedly heard an argument and something falling down the stairs, The Post reports.
According to Tonie Wells' Facebook page, she married Barry Wells in April of this year. "I'm still in shock", neighbor Michelle Ruiz told the New York Post. 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. "It was definitely him, ' the woman said referring to Wells" husband.
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Her husband has one prior arrest for assaulting Wells in September, police said.
Chopper 4 over the scene Wednesday showed a heavy emergency presence after Wells' body was found, with at least four marked police cars and a number of unmarked police cars in the area, which was roped off with yellow tape. 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?
Investigators are treating the death as a possible homicide, Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, Commanding Officer of Detective Borough Brooklyn North told reporters.
According to the Post, police have previously responded to a domestic incident at the home. 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".