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Woman charged in transgender beating at McDonald's

Teonna Monae Brown
Teonna Monae Brown faces assault charges in connection with an attack against a transgender woman that was caught on video ansd posted online.AP
/ Source: staff and news service reports

An 18-year-old woman has been charged in an attack on a transgender woman over using a McDonald's restroom in a Baltimore suburb —an incident captured on video by a McDonald's employee.

Police announced Monday that Teonna Monae Brown was arrested Friday and charged with first- and second-degree assault.

A video of the April 18 fight posted online shows two young women kicking and punching 22-year-old Chrissy Lee Polis in the head until she appears to have a seizure.

Polis told The Baltimore Sun that before she was attacked she heard a teen say she was a man using the women's restroom. According to charging documents, a 14-year-old girl who also faces charges as a juvenile in the case told police that she and Brown fought with Polis over using the restroom.

"They kicked me in my face. They really hurt me really bad and I’m just afraid to go outside now because of stuff like this," Polis said.

One woman who tried to intervene, Vicky L. Thoms, was also assaulted, according to court documents.

The Smoking Gun reported that Brown was arrested last year for assaulting a woman following a dispute at the same McDonald's. The charges were dropped at the alleged victim's request,  Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger told the website.

McDonald's issued a statement condemning the April 18 beating, and the owner of the Rosedale restaurant announced Saturday that the employee who taped the beating had been fired.

A rally condemning the attack was planned for 7 p.m. Monday outside the restaurant in Rosedale, Md.