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


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 auto in a statement to The Post.

The NYPD officers, identified as Wael Jaber and Wing Hong Lau, were initially dispatched to the home of Tonie Wells, 22, on the morning of December 27 - before her body was found and her husband was arrested for her death.

Police said they have arrested a man in connection with the death of a Brooklyn woman whose body was found at the bottom of a stairwell is now in custody.

The officers, identified by sources as Wael Jaber and Wing Hong Lau, responded to the three-story Sterling Place brownstone after the victim's sister called 911 to report that Wells was "scared" of her husband because he was "acting amusing", sources said.

Those two NYPD officers have been suspended. Wells' young child was also found in the house.

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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. 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.

Her 2-year-old daughter was found in the home unharmed.

Wells' husband, Barry Wells, was taken into police custody around 6 p.m. Wednesday with the assistance of family, friends and the New Rochelle Police Department, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said on Thursday.

"Wells" neighbor, Michelle Ruiz, 22, who last saw Wells three weeks ago, said Wells was pregnant. "It was definitely him".

A medical examiner will determine the official cause of Wells' death. 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".