Police say mom who died in subway stairwell had previous medical issue

Police in New York reportedly believe that the young mother who died in a subway station on Tuesday had a medical issue that caused her death — not the fall down the subway stairs.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Malaysia Goodson, 22, was pronounced dead at the hospital after falling down the stairwell at the 7th Avenue/53rd street B/D station in Manhattan on Monday. Goodson, who lived in Stamford, Connecticut, and was visiting family in New York City when she died.

Goodson reportedly fell down a flight of stairs while carrying her 1-year-old daughter in a stroller, who was unhurt. The subway station does not have elevators, or escalators that reach down to the subway platforms.

The New York Post is reporting that Goodson did not have any visible injuries from the fall, and that investigators believe she did not fall down the entire stairway. Law enforcement sources told the newspaper that authorities believe Goodson likely suffered a medical event preceding the fall, and that medical issue may have caused her death.

The report does not indicate if or when an autopsy is expected to be performed.

Goodson reportedly had a problem with her thyroid, and had mentioned having headaches in the days leading up to her death.

“I don’t know, maybe she was starting to feel faint,” her mother Tamika Goodson told the New York Post.

“I’m just still trying to take it all in … I’m trying to see if I’m dreaming. I’m in disbelief.”