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No Charges Filed Against Accused 'Schoolyard Bully Mom'

"My client is a folk hero all over the world. ... The boy got confronted about it and now is lying about it," says lawyer for Santa Rosa woman for allegedly roughing up 11-year-old boy suspected of bullying her daughter.

Delia Garcia-Bratcher. Photo and video credit: KRON 4 News.
Delia Garcia-Bratcher. Photo and video credit: KRON 4 News.
The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office did not file charges against a Santa Rosa woman accused of injuring an 11-year-old schoolboy who allegedly bullied her daughter.

Deputy District Attorney Anne Masterson said the investigation into the case against 30-year-old Delia Garcia-Bratcher is still underway and asked Judge Dana Simonds to continue the case for two or three weeks.

Simonds set June 19 as the next court date for Garcia-Bratcher, who was arrested on a felony charge of inflicting injury to a child.  

Sonoma County Sheriff's officials said she went to Olivet Elementary Charter School on Willowside Road west of Santa Rosa around noon last Friday to confront the boy about bullying her daughter.

Previous: Accused Bully Mom Denies Assault on Child; Sheriff's Office Still Investigating.]

 Garcia-Bratcher allegedly grabbed the boy by the throat in front of witnesses, including her son who had pointed out the alleged bully to her, and threatened the boy about bullying her daughter, according to the sheriff's office.

The boy had red marks consistent with being grabbed in the neck by an adult. School staff photographed the red marks as soon as they became aware of the incident, sheriff's officials said.

No adults witnessed the assault but numerous children were present at the time, according to the sheriff's office.

In a subsequent press release, sheriff's officials said they were unable to find a "nexus" between Garcia-Bratcher's daughter and the 11-year-old boy and that they were unable to determine if any bullying ever occurred between the two.

"We have exculpatory evidence the boy made up the story," defense attorney Ben Adams said after this morning's brief hearing.

 "She is adamant she never laid a hand on him, and she didn't get (confront) the wrong boy. This boy is lying," Adams said of his client.

Adams said "a very excellent investigator" was hired to determine the alleged victim lied.

"This story will develop over the next few weeks," he said.

"Our heads are held high today. She's innocent. A good mother protects her child," Adams said.

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

 Garcia-Bratcher politely asked the boy to leave her daughter alone, Adams said. "She said, 'I don't want to have to tell on you. Stop being a brat,'" Adams said. "The school should step up and do their damn job."

Garcia-Bratcher has taken her children out of Olivet Elementary School, Adams said. Adams said other parents have said there is a history of bullying at the school and nothing was done about it.

"My client is a folk hero all over the world. She did nothing wrong. The boy got confronted about it and now is lying about it," Adams said.

"If there were marks on the boy's neck, he or someone else put them there," Adams said.

--Bay City News

Will Tran of KRON 4 News obtains interview with Garcia-Bratcher's attorney after Thursday's court hearing. [Video here.]



novato 3per May 24, 2014 at 09:05 PM
Agreed Dee, " bully " is overused much like the word "racist"these days.
Phoenix Asher Featherstone June 01, 2014 at 02:55 PM
I wish I could reply to some of you folks pointing out my incomplete sentence in my previous post, as if it were a typo. I meant to write the word "cannon" after the word " looser " so it was meant to read " That makes you a looser cannon!!" Because clearly anyone that would remove a response to hide someones opinion in an attempt to save themselves after bragging about encouraging their child to out bully another child is pretty irresponsible. To brag about it, even worse and is clearly a loose cannon. Now, for those of you commenting to me personally about my spelling peeve. I find it pathic you didn't even comment on the article it self. What kind of person trolls the Patch, to comment on other peoples comments without commenting on the subject matter at hand? I will tell you, LOSERS! Now if I may also reply to the comment from novato 3per. As long as there are people running around in white hoods burnig crosses, the word "racist" will never be overused. As long as people fight immigration reform, the word "racist" will never be overused. That is my opinion. And now this is where I thank all of you who have served, so that I may continue to VOICE my opinion. Thank You for your service!
ccvaulter June 01, 2014 at 04:43 PM
P.A.F., here is your most 'awesome post' that I ACCIDENTLY deleted....and for that I apologize. So, you are blind and toothless?? you poor thing... Either that or you completely fail to understand what 'eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth' means. And the way you are replying to my opinions lacks any respect at all and seems more like BULLYING!!!! "An eye for eye? Tooth, for a tooth. How pathetic can one be. Bullying is bullying, so if the parent of that child opens a can woop'ass on the women for accosting their son, you'd be ok with that? I also don't read that any proper channels were exhuasted at all. Be careful who you cross, Mr. eye for eye, you might be blinded. Or left Toothless. I am neither weak nor disabled and was bullied almost my entire life. If I believed as you do. There would be a lot of blind and toothless Idiots. Even recently I was bullied by a racist, homophobic, misogynist. Should I too be racist, heterophobic, and hate men? Get a clue ccvaulter. And hold on to your pole, were raising the bar on society and expecting a little more from people in the world. Not sure you will be able to make the jump with an attitude such as yours. But I wish you luck in trying."
Phoenix Asher Featherstone June 23, 2014 at 02:41 PM
So I see you cannot handle being out bullied. It doesn't feel so good does it. Yet you taught your son to be a supreme bully. In your own words by out bulling the other bully's. Well now you know how that feels. And that was my point.
ccvaulter June 23, 2014 at 03:02 PM
does it make you feel good to bully someone for their opinion? you need help. seriously.

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