- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

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

The mother, 30-year-old Delia Garcia-Bratcher, made her first court appearance in Sonoma County on Thursday. The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reports (https://bit.ly/1n5EHsx) that Deputy District Attorney Anne Masterson said more investigation was needed.

A judge set the next court date for June 19.

Sheriff’s officials say Garcia-Bratcher went to her daughter’s Santa Rosa elementary school on Friday and grabbed the boy by the throat. They say they have found no evidence of any contact between the boy and Garcia-Bratcher’s daughter.

Garcia-Bratcher’s attorney, Ben Adams, says his client did not touch the boy, but only talked to him. He called Garcia-Bratcher a folk hero who had stood up for her daughter.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com


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