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Santa Rosa mom's bullying confrontation ends in arrest

A Santa Rosa woman is accused of grabbing a 12-year-old boy by the throat after confronting him on an elementary school campus about bullying her daughter.

Delia Garcia-Bratcher, 30, was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse in the Friday incident at Olivet Charter Elementary School on Willowside Road, said Lt. Mark Essick of the sheriff's department.

Garcia-Bratcher came to the 320-student campus about lunchtime and asked her son to point out a boy she suspected of bullying her 10-year-old daughter, Essick said.

She approached the boy in front of other students, grabbed him by the neck, shoved him and warned him to stop, Essick said.

“It's pretty unreasonable for a parent to go storming on campus like this,” Essick said.

The boy ran to a classroom, told a teacher and the two went to the office where school officials took pictures of the injuries.

Essick said red marks were still visible when deputies arrived a short while later.

“You can see fingerprints on his neck,” Essick said.

Garcia-Bratcher was arrested Saturday on a charge of inflicting injury to a child. She was released later in the day on $30,000 bail.


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