Toddler's crying leads neighbor to gruesome discovery

NYPD suspends 2 officers who responded to Brooklyn stairwell death

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

Tonie Wells had bruising to the neck and head, and it appears she may have been shoved down the stairs of her home near Sterling Place and Albany Avenue, police told reporters during a press conference. 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 cops while it investigates how they handled a 911 call to check on a woman in Brooklyn who later ended up dead.

The husband of a 22-year-old woman found dead on the basement steps of her home in Brooklyn after a neighbor responded to the cries of a 3-year-old girl is in custody and charges against him are pending, police said Thursday.

NYPD investigators believe that Mr Wells pushed his wife of just nine months down the stairs and then fled the scene, leaving their daughter with her mother's dead body for an unknown period of time. Multiple calls were made to police before the discovery, indicating that there had been a loud argument and persistent crying coming from the couple's 2-year-old. Wells' young child was also found in the house. She was discovered with strangulation wounds at the bottom of a stairwell.

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

The cops - who were suspended without pay - are claiming that they thought they only had to check on the outside of the home, the sources said.

"An initial determination deemed this person's death to be suspicious and it is now being investigated", Deputy Chief Michael Kempfer said.

"The entire incident, including any potential communication and response issues, are being reviewed by the department", a police spokesman said in a statement to the New York Daily News.

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