- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Austin woman is accused of throwing a burning bottle at an anti-abortion group praying outside of Planned Parenthood Monday evening.

Melanie Maria Toney, 52, is jailed on a felony charge of aggravated assault. No bail has been set.

An arrest affidavit states that members of Texas Alliance for Life were praying near the South Austin facility when a woman in an SUV tossed a “flaming item” out of the window.

Police found a fuel additive bottle and a rolled-up paper towel used as a wick. Investigators said that one of the women praying stomped out a small fire.

Witnesses reported a partial license plate to police, who found the SUV nearby. Toney initially denied involvement but then told police she threw a bottle that “might” have been smoldering.


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