Flame attack on pregnant woman spurs call for offender registry

Police say Andrea Grinage was doused in gasoline by her boyfriend and set on fire. She was in the final weeks of her pregnancy. Now, a tidal wave of outrage is beginning to capture the world's attention.

FORRESTVILLE, MD. (WUSA9) - Convicted domestic violence abusers should be put on a public registry, according an associate minister who is representing the family of a woman who is still battling for her life after being set on fire in an alleged domestic assault.

"They should go on a registry like a sex offender," said Lynn Strange, who herself is a survivor of an abusive relationship.

RELATED: Baby of pregnant woman set on fire will go home with family

Women should be able to quickly research whether men in their lives have a history of violence, Strange believes.

Strange is representing the family of Andrea Grinage, a pregnant woman who was doused with gasoline and set on fire by an attacker September 8 in Capitol Heights.

Grinage is still hospitalized, but doctors were able to deliver her baby, who is now in good enough condition to survive outside the hospital.

Tuesday, a Prince George's County judge ruled there is enough evidence to continue to hold the accused attacker 34-year-old Laguinn Phillips of Southeast, D.C. for a trial.   

Phillips' attorney says Phillips is innocent and investigators' timeline of events is faulty.

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