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Woman is found dead after crying toddler alerted neighbors

  • Tonie Wells, 22, was found dead on the steps of her own home on Wednesday
  • She had bruising to neck and it appears she may have been pushed down steps
  • Her two-year-old daughter was found crying on basement steps of their home
  • Child was not hurt, but her cries alerted their neighbors, who then called police
  • A neighbor also confirmed that Wells was about eight months pregnant
  • Police are 'actively looking for' Wells' husband, Barry Wells, 29, for questioning

By Valerie Edwards For Dailymail.com

Published: 20:25 EST, 27 December 2017 | Updated: 20:25 EST, 27 December 2017

A Brooklyn woman who was found dead at the bottom of a basement staircase inside her home after neighbors heard the cries of her two-year-old daughter is believed to have been strangled by her husband.

Tonie Wells, 22, was found dead shortly before 10am on Wednesday.

Wells had bruising to the neck, and it appears she may have been pushed down the stairs, police told reporters during a press conference.

Tonie Wells (pictured), 22, who was found dead on the steps of her own home after neighbors heard the cries of her two-year-old daughter is believed to have been strangled by her husband

Tonie Wells (pictured), 22, who was found dead on the steps of her own home after neighbors heard the cries of her two-year-old daughter is believed to have been strangled by her husband

Wells (pictured with her daughter) had bruising to the neck, and it appears she may have been pushed down the stairs.Wells (pictured with her daughter) had bruising to the neck, and it appears she may have been pushed down the stairs.

Wells (pictured with her daughter) had bruising to the neck, and it appears she may have been pushed down the stairs.

Sources said cops are 'actively looking for' Wells' 29-year-old husband, Barry Wells (pictured), for questioningSources said cops are 'actively looking for' Wells' 29-year-old husband, Barry Wells (pictured), for questioning

Sources said cops are 'actively looking for' Wells' 29-year-old husband, Barry Wells (pictured), for questioning

Wells' daughter was found on the basement steps of their Crown Heights home by their neighbors who heard the crying child, according to NBC.

The neighbors then called 911. Wells' daughter was not hurt.

Police said the woman's death is being investigated as a possible homicide.

Sources said cops are 'actively looking for' Wells' husband, Barry Wells, 29, for questioning, according to the New York Post.

'Witnesses heard an argument and something falling down the stairs,' a high-ranking police source told the newspaper.

According to Tonie Wells' Facebook page, she married Barry Wells in the spring.

Wells' neighbor, Michelle Ruiz, 22, who last saw Wells three weeks ago, said Wells was pregnant. Ruiz said the Wells' seemed like a 'nice family'Wells' neighbor, Michelle Ruiz, 22, who last saw Wells three weeks ago, said Wells was pregnant. Ruiz said the Wells' seemed like a 'nice family'Wells is pictured with her husband Barry WellsWells is pictured with her husband Barry Wells

Wells' neighbor, Michelle Ruiz, 22, who last saw Wells three weeks ago, said Wells was pregnant. Ruiz said the Wells' seemed like a 'nice family'

Police are seen investigating the crime scene at Wells' home in BrooklynPolice are seen investigating the crime scene at Wells' home in Brooklyn

Police are seen investigating the crime scene at Wells' home in Brooklyn

Tonie Wells' neighbor, Michelle Ruiz, 22, who last saw Wells three weeks ago, told the Post that Wells was pregnant.

'They seemed like a nice family,' Ruiz said of the couple, whose Facebook pages are both filled with photos of each other.

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

Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, Commanding Officer of Detective Borough Brooklyn North told reporters that Wells' death was deemed suspicious.

Kemper said Wells had bruising on her neck 'and it appears as if she was either pushed or fell down the flight of stairs leading to the basement'.

According to the Post, police have previously responded to a domestic incident at the home.

A medical examiner will determine the official cause of Wells' death. The investigation is ongoing.

Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, Commanding Officer of Detective Borough Brooklyn North told reporters that Wells' death was deemed suspiciousDeputy Chief Michael Kemper, Commanding Officer of Detective Borough Brooklyn North told reporters that Wells' death was deemed suspiciousTonie Wells is pictured with her husband Barry WellsTonie Wells is pictured with her husband Barry Wells

Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, Commanding Officer of Detective Borough Brooklyn North told reporters that Wells' death was deemed suspicious. Police have previously responded to a domestic incident at the home. Wells is pictured with her husband Barry Wells

A medical examiner will determine the official cause of Wells' death. The investigation is ongoing. Wells is pictured with her husband Barry Wells A medical examiner will determine the official cause of Wells' death. The investigation is ongoing. Wells is pictured with her husband Barry Wells 

A medical examiner will determine the official cause of Wells' death. The investigation is ongoing. Wells is pictured with her husband Barry Wells

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