By Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors say they need additional time before deciding whether to file criminal charges against a Northern California mom suspected of attacking a 12-year-old boy she said was bullying her daughter.

Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney Anne Masterson told a judge Thursday that more investigation was needed in the case against 30-year-old Delia Garcia-Bratcher.

Garcia-Bratcher is due back in court on July 17.

She was arrested last month after sheriff’s officials say she went to her daughter’s Santa Rosa elementary school during lunch and grabbed the boy by the throat.

Garcia-Bratcher’s attorney, Ben Adams, reiterated Thursday that his client did not touch the boy, but only talked to him. He said the fact that prosecutors need more time to decide whether to charge his client shows they don’t have a case.

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