Woman in custody after attacking mother, child on bus to Visalia

Tulare County officials said suspect got on bus in Bakersfield

Authorities in Tulare County arrested a woman who got on a Greyhound bus in Bakersfield and is accused of attacking another woman and her 3-year-old daughter.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office identified the woman as 58-year-old Teresa Madrigal.

According to Nextar affiliate KSEE's Justin Lum, witnesses described Madrigal as delusional and making death threats on the Greyhound bus headed to Visalia.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said Madrigal got on the bus in Bakersfield. According to Boudreaux, 45 minutes into the trip, Madrigal walked over to the 3-year-old and held a knife to her neck.

The child's mother wrestled the girl away, but got stabbed in the stomach.

Andrew Smith said he used his sweater to put pressure on the mother's wound.

"She says I'm scared. I said don't be scared sweetheart. Hold my hand and squeeze. Calm down, you'll be OK," he said.

Two others on the bus managed to wrestle the knife away from Madrigal, who eventually turned the knife on herself according to Sheriff Boudreaux. 

According to Kern County court records, Teresa Madrigal has prior convictions for domestic abuse, being under the influence of a controlled substance and drunk and disorderly conduct.

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