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Vaccine protester accused of throwing blood on California senators ordered to stay away from Capitol

Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times on

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A woman who allegedly threw a menstrual cup filled with blood onto California state senators last September has been prohibited from going near the Capitol.

The "stay away" order was issued during a Monday arraignment where Rebecca Dalelio, 43, appeared in Sacramento Superior Court to face two felony counts for the September incident. Dalelio did not enter a plea during her first court appearance since being arrested.

Dalelio was charged with assault on a public official for allegedly hurling the feminine hygiene device off a balcony onto legislators below. Ten senators, all Democrats, were listed as victims of the assault: Benjamin Allen of Santa Monica, Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton, Steve Glazer of Orinda, Lena Gonzalez of Long Beach, Melissa Hurtado of Sanger, Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, Richard Pan of Sacramento and Susan Rubio of Baldwin Park.

Dalelio, who was also charged with one count of vandalism, left the courtroom soon after the hearing ended and declined to comment.

The September incident occurred while the Capitol was filled with demonstrators who were protesting Gov. Gavin Newsom signing legislation to rein in exemptions for childhood vaccinations.

The blood hit multiple legislators and splashed onto desks and carpet, forcing the chamber to be cleared so it could be cleaned. As the contents of the cup were thrown, a voice in the crowd was heard saying the action was "for the dead babies."

At least one legislator was treated for blood exposure the next day. Senators moved to a nearby hearing room hours later, and reconvened to finish the last day of the session.

 

Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Paris Coleman declined further comment on the charges. Though the judge inquired whether the DA's office was also seeking a "stay away" order for the district offices of the 10 senators Dalelio is accused of assaulting, Coleman said his office was not at this time.

Dalelio remains free on $10,000 bail, and her next court appearance is Feb. 24.

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