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Bus beating victim, suspects back in court in Pasco County

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PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Chase Cristia and her mother Tracy had hoped Thursday would be the last day they would see the inside of a Pasco County courtroom. That was their hope. Instead the victim of a school bus beating captured on cell phone video will return to court in July.

Two classmates are charged in the attack. Dominique Thorne faces a felony battery charge. The other teen, who shot the cell phone video, faces an accessory charge. Both were expected to accept a plea deal from the state attorney's office today. Instead, the pretrial hearings were postponed until July.

The attack happened in February. Tracy Cristia says the months since the assault have been physically and mentally draining.

"It's been awful. It's been awful watching my daughter go through this," said Cristia. "I've had her in and out of emergency rooms. Stomach troubles, doctors appointments, missing school, it's hard to watch your baby go through that. "

Chase Cristia says, for her, life is returning back to normal.

"School went great, I got honor roll the rest of the year like I was before," she said. "Nobody is giving me trouble. Nobody's saying anything, it's just back. I feel fine again, happy."

The plea deal will likely include probation, community service and restitution to the victim and her family. Tracy Cristia says her daughter's medical bills exceed $17,000.

"The insurance has paid a lot of it, so, we still have an awful lot of which if I add it up right now," Cristia said. "It adds up to at least $2,100."

The judge in the case set a new pretrial hearing for July 1.

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