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Choir singer attacks colleague with drain cleaner over singing LEXINGTON, Ky. A choir member threw liquid drain cleaner into the face of a fellow singer during a church service, causing serious burns, for singing off key at rehearsal, police said. Five other church members were splashed by the chemical but were not seriously injured. Demetrius Moore, 27, was in good condition Monday at the University of Kentucky Hospital where she was treated for burns to her face, neck and chest, police said. Naomi Parker, 32, pleaded innocent Monday to first-degree assault and remained in jail in lieu of $7,500 bail. She faces a Dec. 4 hear Batmobile designer ing. The attack took place Sunday just as a service was beginning at the downtown East Second Street Christian Church. Police said the fight stemmed from a continuing argument about who was singing off key. The pastor, the Rev. Raymond Brown, said it was more elaborate than that, but he refused to provide more details. Police officer Robby Poindexter said Moore told him the incidci t grew out of an altercation during a choir practice Tuesday. According to Moore's account, a choir leader had stopped the singers and told Parker she was sing- ing off key. Parker claimed it was not her, but Moore instead, the woman standing next to her, Poindexter said. Poindexter said a heated argument erupted, with Parker claiming she would "get even" for the embarrassment. Choir members were marching to the sanctuary for the services' opening hymn but Parker and Moore remained in the vestibule arguing, witnesses said. Parker pulled a bottle of drain cleaner from her coat and splashed Moore, police said. The caustic liquid burned through a carpet and scarred a wooden door. Witnesses said Parker ran out of the church and police found her less than 30 minutes later as she was walking home. Brown said the service continued.