NYPD cops suspended over response to woman who later died

29 December, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Diane Mills
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She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Two NYPD officers were suspended Thursday after a woman who they were assigned to check on was later found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in her building in Crown Heights, the NYPD said.

Barry Wells, 29, was arrested this past September 21 on felony charges of strangulation in the second-degree for attacking his wife, Tonie Wells, in Manhattan on July 20.

"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.

It was Wells' sister that called police, telling them that Tonie was "scared" of her husband, 29-year old Barry Wells, the sources said.

The toddler's cries ringing through the walls Wednesday morning concerned Tonie Wells' neighbors enough to call the police. Citing sources within the department, the New York Post reported that the officers drove to the address of the home but never got out of their police auto.

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Barry Wells was arrested Wednesday night and questioned by police.

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

Police also found her 2-year-old daughter left unharmed but crying at the scene. "I'm still in shock", neighbor Michelle Ruiz told the New York Post.

"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.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

Police are reportedly aware of a social media post by Wells saying that she was eight-months pregnant. 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".



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