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Associated Press: A 17-year-old mother was so angered that a city bus driver ordered her to fold up a stroller carrying her toddler, she poured a bottle of milk over the driver's head and then stabbed her, authorities said.

New Orleans Regional Transit Authority rules require strollers to be collapsed so they do not block aisles. After the woman refused several requests, veteran bus driver Hanella Johnson said she would not move the bus until the stroller was folded, Officer Garry Flot of the New Orleans Police Department said Thursday.

"The woman then got up and spilled milk from a baby bottle on the victim," Flot said. "Then she took the baby and stroller off the bus."

Johnson, 41, followed Derrion Scott off the bus Tuesday, and a scuffle took place near the bus door, Flot said. Johnson was treated for a 4-inch-deep stab wound and got out of the hospital Wednesday.

"She's resting at home," Monaco said.

The RTA refused to allow Johnson to talk to reporters or release video from the bus surveillance cameras, citing the ongoing police investigation.

Johnson has been driving RTA buses for 18 years.

Scott, who was booked with aggravated battery, remained in jail on Thursday in lieu of $25,000 bail, court records show. The 2-year-old child was released into the custody of a cousin, Flot said.

It was not immediately clear whether Scott had an attorney. The public defender's office was unable to confirm Thursday that it was representing her.

Attacks on bus drivers are rare, RTA spokeswoman Rosalind Blanco Cook said. "I was totally blown away by this," she said.

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