Mom, 30, Arrested for Abuse of Child She Claims Bullied Her Daughter, Sonoma Deputies Say

The incident reportedly took place Friday at a Santa Rosa school where witnesses claim the mother grabbed an 11-year-old by the throat.

A 30-year-old woman was arrested Friday in Sonoma County after staff at a grammar school reported she grabbed a child by the throat after claiming the victim bullied her daughter, Sonoma County Sheriff's Office deputies said.

Delia Garcia-Bratcher, of Santa Rosa, was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of felony inflicting an injury on a child and released on a bail bond of $30,000, according to deputies.

The Sheriff's Office was dispatched at 1:40 p.m. Friday to the Olivet Elementary Charter School on Willowside Road in an unincorporated county area about two miles west of Santa Rosa on a report by school employees about child abuse.

Members of the school's staff told deputies that Garcia-Bratcher arrived on the school grounds without checking in at the front desk and had her son point out an 11-year-old student who the woman believed had bullied her daughter there.

She confronted the child and grabbed the victim by the throat in front on many school children, including her son, and allegedly threatened the student about the bullying, the deputies said.

The school staff took photos of red marks on the student's neck that deputies decided were consistent with an adult taking hold of the child's neck.

A deputy interviewed numerous children at the school about the incident before arresting Garcia-Bratcher, according to the sheriff's office.

--Bay City News
Richie Landucci May 19, 2014 at 01:11 AM
This should be one interesting case in an anger management group~
Zee Nozaki May 19, 2014 at 01:17 AM
WHY has she been arrested for protecting her daughter, yet, a TEACHER does the same thing only worse, (Riverdale School Ohio Incident) to a SIX year old boy and has yet to be arrested? Parents HAVE to protect their kids because the school will NOT!
Chrissy Minick May 19, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Sadly it seems as if schools are doing very little to protect our children. As a parent , I would do whatever it took to keep my child safe (though violence and self defense are different things). I hope she gets equal press to tell her side of the story.
BonV May 19, 2014 at 07:47 PM
If they boy is actually bullying other kids, imagine what his parents must be like!
Sharon Moore-ONeil May 19, 2014 at 08:44 PM
I also hope the mother, of the daughter who was bullied, is able to tell her and her daughter's side of the story...my girlfriend's daughter was bullied at POX just last week and told the Principal of the situation. The Principal put the daughter on trash duty for "confronting the person bullying her in front of other students at lunch time", she explained this consequence to the mother's daughter, "by confronting the student among other students your daughter was stirring up the pot. This is the reason I placed her on trash duty." By the way, POX is in the same district as Olivet Charter School... so who knows what this mother has endured by the school system's lack of support? Maybe she has tried to get assistance from the school staff and the bulling continues? There is always numerous factors and perspectives that play into account on these situations.


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