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Clearwater woman accused of setting boyfriend on fire

Melissa Dawn Sellers, 33, faces an attempted murder charge.
Melissa Dawn Sellers, 33, faces an attempted murder charge. Clearwater Police Department via Tampa Bay Times

Melissa Dawn Sellers was arguing with her boyfriend early Wednesday, police said, when she soaked him in nail polish remover and set him on fire with either a lighter or a lit cigarette.

Carlos Ortiz Jr., 42, was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was in critical condition Wednesday morning with burns to his face, chest and shoulders, police said.

Sellers, 33, was charged with attempted murder. The incident took place about 2:30 a.m. in Clearwater.

Authorities said Sellers initially left the scene and went to her stepfather’s house nearby, but later returned.

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