The young mum tragically lost her life doing something we've all done.
The mother of the young woman who died tumbling down stairs said she feels like she’s trapped in a nightmare.
“I’m just still trying to take it all in. I’m trying to see if I’m dreaming. I’m in disbelief,” said Tamika Goodson, 40, whose 22-year-old daughter, Malaysia, had her baby with her when she took a fatal plunge down the stairs at a subway in Manhattan around 8pm Monday.
The one-year-old baby was unhurt.
Tamika said she got the news no parent ever wants to hear — that her own daughter was dead — an hour later.
“I was shocked. I’m going through so many emotions,” the mum said. “We’re trying to hold on.”
Police looking at medical episode
Malaysia, who grew up in New York City and was no stranger to the subway system, lived in Stamford, Connecticut, and was in town visiting her cousins and doing a little shopping in the city at the time, the mum said.
Malaysia was carrying her young daughter, Rhylee, when they both took a spill down the subway steps, the mum said.
A police source said a medical condition may have contributed to the fall.
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"What’s being looked into is a possible medical episode,” the source said.
Malaysia’s mum added, “She had thyroid (issues) — I don’t know, maybe she was starting to feel faint.”
Malaysia Goodson died after falling down stairs at a train station. Source: New York Post.
"She was holding the baby"
Police previously said Malaysia was holding the baby in a stroller as she walked down the stairs and fell but now say they aren’t sure that’s the case.
“We heard that there was a stroller on the scene. It’s unclear if the child was in the stroller, or she was carrying it,” a source said.
Malaysia’s mum told The Post that the baby was definitely in her daughter’s arms, not the stroller.
“She had bags, and she had the baby. She was holding the baby,” Tamika said of Malaysia.
Miraculously, the baby was unharmed, she said.
“They checked her, and she was doing great,” Tamika said.
The youngster is being cared for by family, the grieving mum said.
Malaysia, the youngest of four children, worked as a day care aide in Connecticut.
“She loved kids,” Tamika said.
This article was originally published by the New York Post and has been republished here with permission.