Husband in Custody in Death of Brooklyn Mother


An autopsy will determine the cause of death. The officers were called on a report that Wells was "scared" and her husband was "acting amusing", but may never have left their auto, according to the New York 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.

The NYPD suspended two 77th Precinct officers the day of the killing after it was revealed they botched a job to check on the woman.

The body of 22-year-old Tonie Wells was found at the base of a stairwell in her Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment Wednesday. Her neck was bruised and her body showed other signs of trauma, police said.

The Brooklyn woman, Tonie Wells, called the police saying she was "scared" because her husband was "acting amusing".

The man who was arrested after his wife was found strangled to death at the bottom of a staircase inside their Brooklyn home was previously arrested for strangling her until she was unconscious several months ago, The Post has learned.

Neighbors reportedly called police on Wednesday after they heard cries from the couple's toddler and the sound of someone or something falling down the stairs, a police source told the New York Post. Charges for Barry Wells are pending.

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

"They didn't even go up to the house", the source said. The NYPD worked with New Rochelle police to take Barry Wells into custody.

"An initial determination deemed this person's death to be suspicious and it is now being investigated", said deputy chief Michael Kempfer, according to CBS News.

Her husband has one prior arrest for assaulting Wells in September, police said.