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Mom Accused Of Assaulting Daughter's Bully Won't Be Charged

08/28/2014 03:36 pm ET | Updated Aug 28, 2014
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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors said Thursday they will not file charges against a Northern California mother accused of grabbing the throat of a 12-year-old boy she suspected of bullying her daughter.

The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office said there were conflicting witness statements, and that prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Delia Garcia-Bratcher attacked the boy.

Sheriff's officials also said they could not find any evidence linking the boy to the bullying allegations, and that Garcia-Bratcher might have targeted the wrong person.

Garcia-Bratcher, 30, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse in the May confrontation at a Santa Rosa, California, elementary school. Two students said they saw her grab the boy by the throat, according to investigators.

Garcia-Bratcher acknowledged confronting the boy but said she did not touch him. In a seven-page report, an investigator hired by her attorney, Ben Adams, quoted a 10-year-old saying he saw the boy put both hands around his own neck after the encounter with Garcia-Bratcher.

Adams said Thursday his client was glad to have the case behind her.

"They arrested her for no reason and dragged her to court for no reason," he said.

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