arrested for allegedly assaulting an 11-year-old boy she believed bullied her daughter "vehemently denies the charge," her attorney said this afternoon.A woman who was
"Her defense is she didn't do it," said Ben Adams, attorney for
Delia Garcia-Bratcher, 30, of Santa Rosa.
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The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office arrested Garcia-Bratcher for
allegedly inflicting injury to a child on Friday at Olivet Elementary Charter School.
She was released from Sonoma County Jail after posting $30,000
Her arraignment is scheduled for Thursday morning in Sonoma County
Sheriff's officials said this afternoon that they have been unable
to find a nexus between the boy and Garcia-Bratcher's daughter and have been
unable to determine whether any bullying ever occurred between the two.
"Further investigation is being conducted at this time," the
sheriff's office said in a statement.
Sheriff's officials said that Garcia-Bratcher went to the school
grounds on Willowside Road in unincorporated Sonoma County west of Santa Rosa
around noon Friday without checking in at the office.
Garcia-Bratcher confronted the 11-year-old boy about bullying her
daughter and grabbed the boy by the throat in front of numerous young
witnesses, including her son who pointed out the alleged bully, sheriff's
Garcia-Bratcher then reportedly threatened the victim about
bullying her daughter, according to the sheriff's office.
No adults witnessed the assault, sheriff's officials said.
The boy had red marks consistent with being grabbed in the neck by
an adult, and school staff photographed the marks as soon as they became
aware of the incident, according to the sheriff's office.
The deputy who investigated the incident interviewed children who
were present during the assault, sheriff's officials said.
Adams, Garcia-Bratcher's attorney, said his client adamantly
denies any wrongdoing.
"She has children and wants them to have a normal life," he said.
"The state has the responsibility to protect our children, and if
the state can't do that, I don't know that we're supposed to abandon our
children to bullies," Adams said.
Jennie Snyder, superintendent of the Piner-Olivet Union School District, did not return calls about the incident today.
--Bay City News