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NYC police officers suspended amid questions over response

NYC police officers suspended amid questions over response

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.

- 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 negligent NYPD officers who failed to check on a pregnant woman, who was found dead after reporting a domestic disturbance, have been suspended. It was Wells' sister that called police, telling them that Tonie was "scared" of her husband, 29-year old Barry Wells, the sources said.

Police also found her 2-year-old daughter left unharmed but crying at the scene.

Wells called police on her own just hours before police say she either fell or was pushed down those stairs, and officers from the 77th Precinct were sent to check on her welfare initially, according to WABC.

Wells' Facebook page shows she married her on-and-off boyfriend in the spring but the nature of their current relationship was unclear.

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.

On Thursday, police said Wells' husband was a person of interest, and was in custody and being questioned.

This latest incident is the second time officers responded to a domestic incident at the Wells' house.

"An initial determination deemed this person's death to be suspicious and it is now being investigated", Deputy Chief Michael Kempfer said. Her husband, Barry Wells, was arrested in the death, but larger questions remain: why did the cops not get out of the auto, and why are police not taking these calls seriously?

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