Accused Bully Mom Denies Assault on Child; Sheriff's Office Still Investigating

A woman who was arrested for allegedly assaulting an 11-year-old boy she believed bullied her daughter "vehemently denies the charge," her attorney said this afternoon.

"Her defense is she didn't do it," said Ben Adams, attorney for Delia Garcia-Bratcher, 30, of Santa Rosa.

[Previous: Mom, 30, Arrested for Abuse of Child She Claims Bullied Her Daughter, Sonoma Deputies Say.]

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 bail.

Her arraignment is scheduled for Thursday morning in Sonoma County Superior Court. 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 officials said.

 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
Rock Fan May 19, 2014 at 09:57 PM
Well isn't this a strange one .Hard to believe that with witnesses and the marks on the kids neck that she just flat didn't do it .I don't see whether her kid was bullied or not has really anything to do with her going on school grounds and playing vigilante . Did she rough the kid or not ? I will say , and this is not to justify her "alleged" action at all .If this kid was bullying others he probably needs a good ass beating .
Navi May 20, 2014 at 01:39 PM
You wouldn't be saying that if it were your child grabbed by the throat leaving marks. That is no way to handle situation. Children are children and should be treated as such. Let REASONABLE, CONSCIOUS adults handle the situation. Notify the school first, let them talk with the parents of the alleged bully and set up a conference if possible. If the problem continues, notify the school again and have him taken off the playground. You don't go grabbing people's kids by the throat! That is behavior that should not be tolerated or enabled.
Sharon Moore-ONeil May 20, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Agreed with Navi's comments, the arrested mom should have first signed in the office to notify the staff that she was on the school grounds and made an appointment to speak with the principal, if she felt the situation had gotten so badly that she had to speak directly to the child she felt was bullying her daughter. The mom's situation would not be so ambivalent with so many jarring questions on whom said what or did what.... With that being said, it is interesting that in the press, the woman that is ALLEGED for strangling the ALLEGED bully are in the public's eyes, both already tried and convicted, without a trial or sentence .... I thought we had a law system that was "innocent before found guilty?"
BonV May 22, 2014 at 01:37 PM
When I was in school if you even said something bad about a fellow student you would get shamed by the teacher. Sure it was embarrassing but you learned how to act right. Now a days if you even look at a student the wrong way the parents get their panties in a bunch that you hurt their little oody-doody's feelings so the school does nothing. I'm not saying that the mother was right in what she did but perhaps she already filed a complaint with the school and the school did nothing. Also, I remember being scolded by other parents and teachers and if I told my parents they said, "What did you do to make them mad?!" I'm not scarred and I'm a highly functioning member of society.


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