Mom breaks neck shielding 3 kids from falling tree in Central Park

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15:  Central Park workers remove parts of a massive tree that came down Tuesday morning injuring a mother and her three young children on August 15, 2017 in New York City. The tree blocked a roadway in the popular park, prompting police to shut down the area to pedestrians, vehicles and bicycles.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Central Park workers remove parts of a massive tree that came down Tuesday morning injuring a mother and her three young children on August 15, 2017 in New York City. The tree blocked a roadway in the popular park, prompting police to shut down the area to pedestrians, vehicles and bicycles. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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A woman was in critical, but stable condition Tuesday after shielding her three children from a giant tree that fell in New York City, according to local reports.

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When the elm tree fell, Anne Monoky Goldman was pushing two of her children in a double stroller and had her 41-day-old infant strapped to her chest, according to Inside Edition.

Goldman, 39, who is a fashion editor for Tory Burch, broke her neck. Her 2-year-old son, Grant, suffered a fractured skull, Inside Edition reported.

Goldman’s son Will, 4, and her infant had minor bumps and bruises, Inside Edition reported.

Witnesses said they heard a cracking sound before they saw the tree tumble down in New York's Central Park, according to the Associated Press.

Charles King, a tree expert, looked at the elm and told Inside Edition “there was root failure” and the tree had a decayed center.

Read more at Inside Edition and the Associated Press.

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