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Investigator's report casts doubt on whether mom grabbed bully

An investigative report released Tuesday cast doubt on whether a Santa Rosa mother grabbed the throat of a 12-year-old boy while confronting him on an elementary school campus about bullying her daughter.

The seven-page report released by attorneys for Delia Garcia-Bratcher, 30, suggests the boy choked himself, leaving red marks that he later claimed were caused by the mother of six.

The theory is based on statements from a 10-year-old witness who told a defense investigator that he saw the boy put both hands around his own neck after Garcia-Bratcher left Olivet Charter Elementary School on May 16.

The boy told the principal and a sheriff's deputy what he saw, but the deputy didn't believe him because the boy was friends with two other witnesses, the report said.

The report recommends measuring any bruising to determine the size of the hand that caused the injury.

Garcia-Bratcher's attorney, Ben Adams, said he passed along the report to Sonoma County prosecutors and hopes they will decide not to bring charges at the next court date, set for June 19.

"I find it troubling that police were told, but they still put my client through this horrible ordeal," Adams said.

Adams has suggested Garcia-Bratcher is a hero for confronting the boy, and the case has received international media attention.

A spokeswoman for Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch confirmed the office received the report but declined to comment on the case.

"This is a continuing investigation," Assistant District Attorney Christine Cook said. "We're not going to discuss details about what we've received or what we're investigating."


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