An Omaha woman has been ordered to stand trial on allegations that she poured lighter fluid on her boyfriend and set him on fire.

The alleged reason: Yakelin Batres-Amaya caught her boyfriend looking through her phone. And, she told police, he had beat on her earlier that night.

Omaha police officers who arrived at the couple’s home at 4628 Ames Ave. noticed that the man’s lips were purple and a chunk of skin had melted off of his neck. The man was able to avoid critical injuries by tamping out the fire with a blanket, police said.

Yet, in a variation of that old Tammy Wynette song — the guy is standing by his woman, her attorney said.

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Assistant Douglas County Public Defender Yvonne Sosa suggested to a judge this week that Batres-Amaya’s boyfriend, Calvin Blair, isn’t interested in prosecuting his girlfriend on first-degree assault charges. Even so, Judge Marcena Hendrix ruled that Batres-Amaya should stand trial. If convicted, she would face up to 50 years in prison.

This is the second time that Batres-Amaya, 22, has been accused of spraying Blair, 25, with a flammable substance.

In July, Omaha police say, Batres-Amaya sprayed Mace on Blair and destroyed his property with a baseball bat.

Then came March 21.

According to the testimony of Omaha Police Detective Robyn Bruning:

Blair was out with his friends to celebrate “Montrell’s birthday.” Batres-Amaya fell asleep on the couch at 2:30 a.m., before Blair arrived home. Three young children were sleeping in the bedroom, one of whom is Batres-Amaya’s from a previous relationship and two of whom belong to both Blair and Batres-Amaya.

Batres-Amaya awoke to Blair calling her names and holding her iPhone. He started to break furniture. Police were called.

Officers arrived, spoke to both and then left. Batres-Amaya decided to drive her three children to a shelter. On her way, she realized that she had forgotten to pack diapers so she turned around and went back to their home.

She left the three kids in the car and went to the front door. She told police that Blair opened the door, attempted to push her away and punched her to the ground.

Upset, Batres-Amaya spotted some lighter fluid sitting on the front porch. She walked to her car and grabbed a lighter.

“She then walked back into the residence and sprayed lighter fluid on Blair and lit him on fire,” a police report said. “She stated that she sprayed him from head to toe.”

Blair was on fire for a couple of seconds and then used a blanket and “put himself out,” the police report said. Blair looked at his girlfriend, shocked, and said: “You (expletive) set me on fire?”

Blair was standoffish with police. He told officers that he set himself on fire as he was putting on some body spray while holding a cigarette.

After her arrest, Batres-Amaya called Blair from jail. In a recording of the phone call, Blair admonished her: “You seen the girls, they were scared.”

He then put her young children on the phone.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you guys,” she told them, according to a police account. “Your mom (expletive) up. Don’t do what she did. Jail is real.”

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Todd Cooper covers courts, lawyers, trials, legal issues, the justice system and government wrongdoing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @CooperonCourts. Phone: 402-444-1275.

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