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Upper Fells Point woman attacked continues to recover

An Upper Fells Point woman suffered a traumatic brain injury after she was attacked, thrown to the ground and dragged through the street by her hair, her mother said.

Lauren Hayden, 31, and a friend were walking home at about 1:30 a.m. Friday in the area of Bank and Washington streets where an unknown male came up from behind, and pulled Hayden by the hair onto the ground, before taking her purse, according to police.

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Hayden's mother, Kathy Hayden, said the attacker pulled her daughter through the street, fracturing her skull, leaving her with scrapes all over her body, and a black eye.

"She's not in good shape," Kathy Hayden said Wednesday morning.

Hayden said her daughter has been released from the hospital and has come to stay her Baltimore County home until she recovers. She said her daughter has to get staples removed, but it's unclear when she will be back to work.

"We don't know, just [depends on] how she progresses," her mother said. "She's got a long road ahead of her."

Hayden said her daughter's friend who was walking home with her was not injured.

"She's my hero. She kept this guy from dragging [Lauren] away," she said.

Eventually, she said her daughter and her friend's screams got neighbors to calm outside, and someone to call 911.

The women told police they did not recall the suspect say anything during the attack, and did not show a weapon. The suspect was last seen running toward Patterson Park, police said.

Hayden was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was treated for a fractured skull, Hayden said.

Lauren Hayden's family has set up a Go Fund Me account to raise money to help pay for her treatment after the attack.

The account has already collected more than $25,000.

Hayden said her daughter had been living in the area but recently purchased a house in the neighborhood where she was attacked.

Hayden said she had concerns about the area, but that her daughter loves living in the city and plans to return home after she recovers.

Hayden said she's worried about how her daughter will recover emotionally.

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"That's what I'm worried about. She's a very strong girl. She wants to go back to the city," Hayden said.

Anyone with information can call Metro Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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