Quantcast

Saturday, July 26, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 2 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Mom accused of attacking bully may have wrong boy

By Terry Collins

Associated Press

POSTED:
LAST UPDATED: 12:52 p.m. HST, May 19, 2014



SAN FRANCISCO >> A Northern California mother suspected of attacking a 12-year-old boy she said was bullying her daughter at school may have targeted the wrong child, a sheriff's official said Monday.

Investigators have not found evidence linking the boy to the bullying allegations, Sonoma County sheriff's Lt. Steve Brown said. He said they are looking into whether another child may have harassed the girl.

"We are unable to determine if any bullying ever occurred," Brown said. "We don't know if this kid bullied this girl at all. It looks like he did not. We can't find anybody to say that he did."

The girl's mom, Delia Garcia-Bratcher, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of inflicting injury on a child after sheriff's deputies say she came to Olivet Elementary Charter School in Santa Rosa on Friday and grabbed the boy by the throat. She asked her son, who also attends the school, to point out who was bullying her daughter, the sheriff's office said.

Attempts to reach Garcia-Bratcher were unsuccessful Monday as telephone numbers listed for her were disconnected. It is not clear whether she has retained a lawyer, Brown said.

While several students saw the incident, no adults witnessed what happened, Brown said. The students later told a deputy that Garcia-Bratcher threatened the boy about bullying her daughter. The school staff took photos of red marks on the boy's neck, Brown said.

On Saturday, Garcia-Bratcher came into the sheriff's office to give a statement and was briefly taken into custody afterward, Brown said. She was later released on $30,000 bail.

"The mother said she didn't do it," Brown said. "Even if some bullying did occur, that doesn't change the crime that the mother allegedly committed."

A Sonoma County district attorney's spokeswoman said Monday that her office was still awaiting the sheriff's report before deciding on filing any criminal charges.

Meanwhile, school officials also were investigating whether the girl was bullied. Officials from the Piner-Olivet Union School District gave parents a flier Monday about the incident and reminded them about the school's visitation policy.

"It's terrible when this kind of thing happens. We take it very seriously," Superintendent Jennie Snyder said. "Incidents like these are very rare, and when they do happen, we respond."







 Print   Email   Comment | View 2 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

COMMENTS
(2)
You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
Compassionate_Cat wrote:
I can understand her wanting to protect her child but getting physical is just bullying and shows she is a bully. I would suspect her of abuse of her own children. I have seen this before where a parent is protective but behind closed doors more abusive than at school.
on May 19,2014 | 03:05PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
I confronted my daughter's bully in elementary school. There he was, blocking the stairway like she told me. The kid was BIG! I never laid a hand on him, but told him and his pals I'd throw him/them over the railing if it happened again. (It never did again.) On another occasion, I pressed charges against a boy who punched my daughter (in the ear) in class. In retrospect, I'd do it again.
on May 19,2014 | 04:19PM
IN OTHER NEWS
Breaking News
Blogs
Volley Shots
Fey, Enriques on MJNT

Political Radar
Wilhelmina Rise, et al.

Court Sense
Cold War

Political Radar
Climate change

Island Crafters
YouCanMakeThis.com

Warrior Beat
Empty pit

Political Radar
Switch

Political Radar
`Progressive hero’