The young mother fell down the stairs at Seventh Avenue station. File pic

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A young mother has died after falling down the stairs at a Manhattan subway station while holding her one-year-old daughter.

Malaysia Goodson, 22, from Stamford in Connecticut, fell down the stairs at Seventh Avenue station at around 8pm 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.

Police said it is unknown whether the child was in a pram during the fall, as initially reported by authorities.

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

He said his sister was a protective, caring mother.

The newspaper said Ms Goodson faced the challenge of carrying a pram and her daughter down the steps of a station.

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

Passengers ride a train at Seventh Avenue subway station in New York
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Only a quarter of New York City’s subway stations have lifts

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

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

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

Only around a quarter of New York City’s 472 subway stations have lifts.

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

Parents with prams are generally advised not to use them, however.

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