The young mom found dead at the bottom of a Midtown subway staircase probably died from a medical episode and not from falling, law enforcement sources said Tuesday.
Malaysia Goodson, 22, had a thyroid issue and complained of headaches the day before she and her baby were discovered at the foot of the stairs coming from the street entrance to the southbound 7th Ave./53rd St. B/D station around 8 p.m. Monday, sources and her family said.
Goodson’s 1-year-old daughter, Rhylee, was found underneath her in good condition, sources said.
Next to the pair was a stroller full of groceries.
Detectives believe that the mom wouldn’t have fallen far, and almost certainly not down the whole flight, sources said.
She had no marks on her body, leading them to believe she suffered a medical emergency and died from that rather than any tumble, sources said.
She was likely traveling with her baby in one arm and pushing or dragging the stroller filled with groceries in the other at the time, they said.
“I don’t know, maybe she was starting to feel faint,” her grieving mom, Tamika Goodson, told The Post.
Law enforcement sources noted that there were no witnesses to the actual incident.
Tamika Goodson said her daughter, who grew up in New York City and was no stranger to the subway system, lived in Stamford, Connecticut, and worked as a day care aide. She was in town visiting her cousins and doing a little shopping in the city at the time, the mom said.
“I’m just still trying to take it all in,’’ the mom said. “I’m trying to see if I’m dreaming. I’m in disbelief.”
Goodson said Malaysia had three siblings, including a brother who mourned with the mom at the family’s home Tuesday.
Authorities had initially said Malaysia may have tripped while carrying her baby down the stairs at the station, which has no elevators and only two “up” escalators.
While they now say they believe that the tragedy was caused by a medical issue, officials still called for overall better accessibility in the subway system.
The MTA called the incident “heartbreaking” and said it has already approved a plan to install 50 new elevators in stations across the city — though the station where Malaysia died is not one of them.
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