A Brooklyn family is dealing with an unimaginable tragedy. Two days after Christmas, New York City police discovered Tonie Wells at the bottom of her home’s basement stairs. Authorities came to the scene after neighbors heard a child’s cries coming from inside. Tonie’s 2-year-old daughter, Charlie, was found crying next to mother’s lifeless body.
And if all that isn’t heartbreaking enough, some outlets are reporting that Tonie was eight months pregnant at the time of her death.
According to a statement issued by the NYPD, “Officers discovered a 22-year-old female victim unconscious and unresponsive laying on the bottom of the basement staircase with trauma to the body.”
The child’s cries lead the officers to her mother’s body.
NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper says the death is being treated as a possible homicide. “Preliminarily, the deceased female has bruising on her neck and it appears as if she was either pushed or fell down the flight of stairs leading to the basement.”
The prime suspect in the case is Tonie’s husband of eight months, 29-year-old Barry Wells. Wells is in police custody but has yet to be officially charged with a crime.
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