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Police: Clearwater woman charged with aggravated battery after setting boyfriend on fire

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CLEARWATER, Florida — Police say a Clearwater woman set her boyfriend on fire during an argument after a night of drinking.

According to police, 23-year-old Melissa Dawn Sellers doused Carlos Ortiz Jr. with nail polish remover early Wednesday and then ignited him with either a lighter or burnt cigarette.

The 42-year-old Ortiz was taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. Police say he has burns on his face, chest and shoulders.

Sellers left the scene before police arrived, but was later arrested. She was initially charged with attempted murder, but now faces an aggravated battery charge.

Authorities say she is still being interviewed at the police station and will be booked into jail later Wednesday. It wasn't known whether she has an attorney or what she and her boyfriend were arguing about.

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