Woman with baby dies after falling down NYC subway stairs

NEW YORK (AP) – A young mother has died after falling down stairs at a Manhattan subway station while holding her one-year-old daughter.

Malaysia Goodson, of Stamford, Connecticut, fell down the stairs at a midtown Manhattan station at around 8pm on Monday, police said.

Goodson was unconscious when police arrived. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her child was unharmed. Police said it’s unknown whether the child was in a stroller during the incident, as initially reported by authorities.

“I wish I could have helped her,” Goodson’s 23-year-old brother, Shawn Goodson, told The New York Times.

He said his sister was a protective, caring mother.

It was not immediately clear whether the 22-year-old Goodson had a medical issue that precipitated her death or whether she died from impact. The city’s medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which also is investigating, called Goodson’s death “a heartbreaking tragedy”.

Only about a quarter of New York City’s 472 subway stations have elevators, and the elevators that do exist are often out of service. Parents and caregivers who ride the subways with young children become adept at carrying a stroller and child up and down the stairs. Bystanders will often pitch in to help, but not always.