TULARE — A woman on a Greyhound Bus was arrested on suspicion of stabbing passengers and bringing harm to other passengers Monday afternoon on Highway 99 just north of Tulare, the Tulare County Sheriff's office said.

Sheriff's officers arrested Teresa Ann Andrade Madrigal on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment. 

Sheriff's officials said Madrigal grabbed a 3-year-old girl by the neck and held a knife to her. The child’s mother confronted Madrigal and police said Madrigal stabbed the mother in the abdomen. The mother was taken for surgery at Kaweah Delta Medical Center.

Two male passengers and the bus driver then attempted to restrain the suspect. Before doing so Madrigal stabbed herself in the neck and chest sheriff's officials said.

The sheriff's office said five passengers were hurt including the child, but the injuries sustained were not life-threatening.

Officials said the bus was traveling from Las Vegas to San Francisco. There were a total of 13 passengers and the driver.

The sheriff's office said Tuesday morning the mother of the 3-year-old victim is out of surgery and stable. The 3-year-old is out of the hospital and with her aunt in Sacramento, per the mother’s request. Another victim was taken back to Santa Cruz by Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies. Greyhound arranged to have another bus pick up the remaining passengers and take them to their destination.

The suspect continues to receive medical treatment and is currently in custody of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Investigations Unit. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit at (559) 802-9563 or (800)808-0488. Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via the Tipnow app, email tcso@tipnow.net or by texting or calling (559)725-4194.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2458 or chelsea.shannon@lee.net.

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