Published: Fri, December 29, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Pregnant woman strangled to death by her husband

Pregnant woman strangled to death by her husband

Wells' was found unconscious and unresponsive just before 10 a.m. Wednesday in the basement of the home she shared with her husband and her toddler daughter on Sterling Place in the Crown Heights section.

Sources told PIX11 that Wells and her husband had a history of domestic violence and that police were called to the home at least once before.

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

When another round of cops responded to the home at 9.50am following the second 911 call, they found Wells at the bottom of the staircase with bruises on her neck.

A spokesperson for the NYPD on Thursday confirmed to DailyMail.com that the officers in question have been suspended from duty and that the Internal Affairs Bureau was investigating the allegations against them.

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.

She was apparently strangled and thrown down he stairs, law enforcement sources said.

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A relative cries at the scene in Brooklyn where Wells was found dead on Wednesday

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

After a brief search, Barry Wells has reportedly been arrested.

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

Police were also looking into reports that the first wellness check on Wells may not have been adequately conducted.

"Witnesses heard an argument and something falling down the stairs", a police source said.

In that case, Barry Wells allegedly dragged Tonie Wells, 22, down the stairwell of a West 42nd Street building and into a closet before placing his hands around her neck, causing her to lose consciousness, according to the criminal complaint.

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