Husband in Custody in Death of Brooklyn Mother

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

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

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.

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.

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

Neighbors alerted police after they heard crying and realized they had not seen Wells recently.

Those two NYPD officers have been suspended. Police said she had bruising on her neck and other signs of trauma. Wells' young child was also found in the house.

Barry Wells was arrested Wednesday night and questioned by police. 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.

According to Tonie Wells' Facebook page, she married Barry Wells in April of this year.

"We are actively investigating the steps that were taken during the wellness check", an NYPD source told the Daily News.

The city's medical examiner has yet to determine the official cause of death in the case.

"They seemed like a nice family", neighbor Michelle Ruiz said of the couple.

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

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.

"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.

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