A Florida woman angry over losing custody of her daughter is facing felony charges for making threats that caused the Eau Claire County Courthouse and an Eau Claire school to plan increased security measures earlier this month.
Porcha N. Brantley, 26, was charged Thursday in Eau Claire County Court with two felony counts of terrorist threats and two counts of stalking.
Each of those charges carries a maximum penalty of 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
She was arrested on Wednesday outside the Eau Claire residence where her child’s father lives.
According to the criminal complaint:
A county Human Services Department worker contacted the sheriff’s office on Jan. 2 after receiving 34 voice mails containing obscenities and threats from Brantley. Brantley had blamed the worker for the child protective services investigation in Florida that cost her custody of her daughter.
One of the messages the county worker received from Brantley threatened to “kill everybody,” which made the courthouse put a protection plan in place and prepare to enact heightened security measures if the woman showed up there.
A sheriff’s office detective called Brantley, told her to stop making threats and said she’d be arrested if she went to the school, courthouse or the father’s house.
The child’s father also reported multiple threats from Brantley and worried she would be coming to Eau Claire. He had already gotten a temporary restraining order last week against Brantley after she made phone calls harassing and threatening him.
Brantley also had called the principal of an Eau Claire elementary school with the goal of arranging to pick up her daughter from there. The principal said the school would not help her defy the order awarding custody to the father, and Brantley then used obscenities and made threats.
The principal requested an additional police officer on patrol at the school to watch out for Brantley.
On Wednesday, Brantley called the Eau Claire Communications Center to ask for help from the police to get her daughter back. Officers responded to the father’s house and took Brantley into custody.
When a detective interviewed her, Brantley apologized for the messages to the social worker but denied making threats to kill anyone. The detective played a recording of messages containing the threats and Brantley looked down and sighed. She said she was frustrated that the social worker wouldn’t call the school to help her get her daughter back.
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