After a three-month investigation, prosecutors Thursday announced they would not file charges against a Santa Rosa mother accused of grabbing the throat of a 12-year-old boy she suspected of bullying her daughter on an elementary school campus.
Delia Garcia-Bratcher, 30, expressed relief after Chief Deputy District Attorney Bill Brockley announced that he could not proceed despite interviews with about 25 people and numerous court delays.
“I’m just happy it’s all over,” said the mother of six as she stood outside the Santa Rosa courtroom. “I was just really scared. I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
Garcia-Bratcher criticized school officials and investigators for rushing to judgment. And she accused authorities of being more aggressive because she said the boy was the son of a correctional officer.
“I feel like they wanted to take me down for no reason,” she said. “I knew I was innocent.”
Brockley would not confirm the child was related to a jail guard but he denied that Garcia-Bratcher was treated differently. He said the investigation took longer because students were away on summer vacation.
“A 12-year-old kid alleged he was assaulted on school grounds,” he said. “Of course we are going to take that seriously.”
Garcia-Bratcher was arrested after the May 16 incident at Olivet Charter Elementary School in northwest Santa Rosa.
She initially was accused of grabbing the boy while confronting him about name-calling. Police said the boy then ran to school officials, who photographed red marks on his neck.
Garcia-Bratcher was arrested the next day. She has been free on $30,000 bail.