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Two Women, One A Minor, Charged In Baltimore Transgender Beating

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The indictment charges Teonna Brown, 18, with assault and a hate crime in the attack on Chrissy Lee Polis last month. Brown is also charged with assaulting a customer and a restaurant employee who tried to intervene.

A 14-year-old girl is also facing the same charges in juvenile court, but her name is not being released because she is a minor. The Baltimore County State's Attorney's office says both individuals are currently being detained.

A videotape of the April 18 beating posted online shows a woman being attacked repeatedly while an employee and customer try to stop her attackers. The woman then appears to have a seizure.

The attack left Polis battered and angered members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, who gathered at the McDonald's one week later for a vigil calling for an end to violence.

No one else will be charged in the case, according to the State's Attorney's office.

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