NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) —  A young mother was found dead in her apartment building Wednesday and the case is being investigated as a possible homicide.

Police were called to 1172 Sterling Place in Brooklyn just before 10 a.m. after neighbors responded to the cries of a 3-year-old child, 1010 WINS reported.

Police then found the body of the 22-year-old Tonie Wells at the bottom of a basement staircase. The NYPD says she was unconscious and unresponsive with trauma to the body.

Tonie Wells

The body of Tonie Wells was found in a basement staircase at a building in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. (Credit: CBS2)

“An initial determination deemed this person’s death to be suspicious and it is currently being investigated,” Deputy Chief Michael Kempfer said. “The deceased female has bruising on her neck and it appears she was either pushed or fell down the flight of stairs leading to the basement.”

Police believe her death was related to a domestic incident. Neighbors said Wells is married and the couple has a daughter.

At one point, they said police walked the girl out of the apartment while detectives were in and out, looking for evidence.

Their hearts are broken for the girl and other family members.

“I was devastated because I saw the yellow tape and I heard she died,” Angela Murray said, “We don’t know how she died and that’s terrible.”

Police would not answer any questions regarding the investigation. All they said at this point is that they do have a person on interest and they’re trying to track him down.

They said they should have more answers regarding her death soon.

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