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Young mother dies carrying pram down New York subway stairs

Malaysia Goodson fell down the stairs at the Seventh Avenue station. Credit: NBC

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 the Seventh Avenue station in New York at around 8.00pm on Monday, police said.

She was unconscious when police arrived and was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Her one-year-old daughter, Rhylee, was unharmed in the incident.

The accident occurred at the Seventh Avenue station in mid-town Manhattan. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Police said it’s unknown whether the child was in the pram at the time of the incident.

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

He said his sister was a protective, caring mother.

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

It is not clear whether the young mother had a medical issue that caused her death or whether she died from the fall.

The city's medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Ms Goodson is said to have been working at a nursery in Stamford but had dreams of becoming a security guard or a flight attendant.

Shams Tarek, an MTA spokesman, said the Seventh Avenue B-D-E station where Goodson fell does have escalators.

However, parents are generally advised not to ride escalators with prams.