California mother arrested for allegedly grabbing boy by the throat for bullying daughter

By Elizabeth Learned,

A California mother has been arrested after she attacked a boy she thought had been bullying her daughter. However, she may have targeted the wrong child.

According to the Associated Press, the incident happened on Friday at Olivet Elementary Charter School in Santa Rosa. Delia Garcia-Bratcher is alleged to have asked her son who was responsible for bullying his sister.

She grabbed the 12-year-old boy by the throat and several students saw the incident. She has since been charged with felony child abuse.

A deputy was reportedly informed of what happened, being told the boy had been threatened of alleged bullying. However, according to Sonoma County sheriff Lt. Steve Brown, there is no evidence he was the one who bullied the girl.

“We were unable to determine if bullying ever occurred. We don’t know if this kid bullied this girl at all. It looks like he did not. We can’t find anybody to say he did.”

According to ABC News, Brown also said there doesn’t appear to be a connection between the boy and the girl, who don’t even ride the same bus or have a class with one another.

When school officials were made aware of what happened, they took pictures of the boy’s throat to document red marks that were seen on his skin.

Garcia-Bratcher was released on $30,000 bail. The Associated Press also reported the school was investigating whether or not the girl was a victim of bullying.

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