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May 12, 2014

Surveillance video shows battery incident at bar

ANDERSON — Surveillance video of an incident early Saturday morning appears to confirm that a woman punched a transgender man in the face.

Lisa Hutchison is the owner of Big Baby’s Bar and Grill on West Eighth Street, where the incident happened. She’s also the sister-in-law of 44-year-old Dawn Taliaferro, the woman facing a Class C felony battery charge for the alleged attack. On Monday, Hutchison provided The Herald Bulletin with video surveillance of the inside of the bar for Friday night and Saturday morning.

The incident has drawn several different accounts of what happened from the parties involved. The alleged victim, a 50-year-old who is still transitioning from being a woman to a man, said he requires surgery on the shattered bones around his eyes and his jaw is out of alignment as a result of the attack.

The probable cause affidavit reads that hours after the incident, the man was admitted to the emergency room at Community Hospital and then was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for emergency surgery. Hospital officials told police the man risked losing vision in his right eye without the surgery. But on Sunday, the man said his eyesight would be fine.

On Monday, Taliaferro said she hit the man because he was making unwanted sexual advances on her throughout the evening. She said she’s accepting of all people and resented the characterization of the incident as a hate crime.

“I feel sick about all this. I haven’t been able to leave the house since,” Taliaferro said. “It’s embarrassing enough to get arrested, but I don’t hate anyone. I have gay, lesbian and transgender family.”

Hutchison said she believes something else happened between the time of the attack and the time the man went to the hospital.

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