Tonie Wells’ Mother Files Suit Against NYPD
The mother of the pregnant woman who was strangled and pushed down a basement staircase by her husband has filed a suit against the New York Police Department.
Via NY Daily News:
Elizabeth Rivera, the mother of Tonie Wells, filed a petition in Manhattan Supreme Court asking that a judge order the NYPD to turn over 911 tapes, police logs and other documents.
Officer Wael Jaber and his partner, Officer Wing Hong Lau, were suspended last week after the NYPD learned the two cops failed to properly respond to a 911 call from Wells’ home on Sterling Place in Crown Heights.
Information on the cops’ botched response is necessary for Rivera’s anticipated wrongful death lawsuit against the city regarding her 22-year-old daughter’s death, she said in documents.
“The officers originally dispatched to my daughter’s home arrived there, but did not get out of their patrol car to check on her. I understand that they reported the call as unfounded,” Rivera said in her suit, citing news reports.
An hour after the 911 call, Wells was found unconscious at the bottom of a stairwell. Her 2-year-old daughter’s cries led cops to her body.
Rivera also demanded the NYPD turn over the traumatized child’s health care information card so she can attend therapy.
“I have been advised that my infant granddaughter must appear for counseling regarding the death of her mother. As such, it is necessary for me to obtain my daughter’s personal effects which include my granddaughter’s health insurance identification card,” Rivera said in papers.
Ms. Rivera is gathering everything she needs to line up her wrongful death suit and I hope she gets whatever she asks for because her daughter would have been alive and well if the police had done their job.