An Alabama woman was allegedly attacked on Thanksgiving Day by her girlfriend's brother, Travis Hawkins Jr.

Twenty-three-year-old Mallory Owens suffered multiple skull fractures and crushed bones as a result of the attack, NBC affiliate Local 15 reported. She was released from the hospital on Monday.

What prompted the attack remains unclear. However, Owens' mother, Kristi Taylor, told that Owens was beaten because she is gay.

“She was invited over by the family to eat Thanksgiving,” Taylor said. “I did not want her to go, I begged her not to go, knowing how the family felt about her. But she said, 'They're trying to be nice.'”

Taylor told Fox 10 TV that Hawkins attacked her with a pipe in the back of the head.

Hawkins has been charged with second degree assault. Prosecutors said it was premature to call the attack a hate crime.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest gay rights advocate, said in a statement Tuesday that it had asked the Department of Justice and the FBI to become involved in the investigation.

“We call on both Alabama and federal law enforcement officials to thoroughly and swiftly investigate this crime to ensure Mallory's attacker is brought to justice,” HRC President Chad Griffin said.

A fund to help cover Owens' medical bills has been set up at Regions Bank (1-800-REGIONS).