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Rosedale Woman Indicted In McDonald's Transgender Assault

An 18-year-old faces assault, hate crime charges.

Rosedale Woman Indicted In McDonald's Transgender Assault

(UPDATED 7:30 p.m.) A Baltimore County circuit court grand jury indicted Teonna Monae Brown on assault and hate crime charges in connection with last month's attack on a transgendered woman at a McDonald's in Rosedale.

The jury issued the indictment Monday morning, according to the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office.

Brown, 18, and a 14-year-old girl were each arrested and charged in the April 18 attack on Chrissy Polis, a transgendered woman who was using a bathroom at a Rosedale McDonald's.

Prosecutors have said that no one else will be charged in connection with the incident.

A video of the assault went viral on YouTube, receiving hundreds of thousands of hits in the week that followed and spawning a rally in support of the victim at the fast-food restaurant on Kenwood Avenue.

Brown was also indicted on charges involving Vicky Thoms, the 55-year-old Rosedale resident who tried to stop the attack.

A trial date has not yet been set.

The news of a hate crime indictment was welcomed by Polis' family, who said she is slowly healing and trying to get her life back in order.

Matthew Polis, Chrissy's twin brother, said indicting Brown with a hate crime was the rght decision. He added he has Chrissy living with a friend of his and she is doing better in the weeks following the attack.

"Justice needs to be served in this case," Matthew Polis said. "Chrissy is doing better and time heals all wounds. We just want to see those that did this attack to be punished."

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