California Senate evacuated after anti-vaccine protester dumps ‘what appeared to be blood' onto lawmakers

The California Senate was evacuated from its chamber on the final day of its session after a woman poured "what appeared to be blood" onto lawmakers, the Los Angeles Times reported.  

The incident, which occurred Friday, was a response to legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last Monday that will make it more difficult for parents to avoid vaccinating their children. Protestors — some of whom were ultimately arrested for blocking people from entering the statehouse — voiced their opposition throughout the legislation's final stages. 

Rebecca Dalelio, 43, was one of those objectors. Standing in the chamber's observation balcony Friday, she "threw a feminine hygiene device containing what appeared to be blood onto the Senate floor," according to California Highway Patrol.

"That’s for the dead babies," Dalelio shouted as she tossed the liquid, which reportedly landed on multiple lawmakers. 

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State Senator Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, right, leaves the Senate Chambers after a red substance was thrown from the Senate Gallery during the Senate session at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The Senate was cleared as an investigation is taking place. Authorities took a person into custody.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
This Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 photo booking photo shows Rebecca Dalelio, 43, who was arrested and jailed in the County Main Jail in Sacramento, Calif. California police have arrested Dalelio, who threw a feminine hygiene device containing "what appeared to be blood" onto the floor of the state Senate on Friday, splashing onto lawmakers and forcing them to finish their work in a committee room on the final day of the legislative session. (Sacramento County Sheriffs Office via AP)
California Highway Patrol Officers inspect the Senate Gallery after a red substance was thrown from the gallery during the Senate session at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The Senate was cleared as an investigation is taking place. Authorities took a person into custody.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Senate President, state Senator Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, standing center, begins the session in one of the Senate committee rooms after a woman threw red liquid from the public gallery in the Senate chambers, in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The woman was taken into custody and with authorities investigating the substance thrown, Senate leadership decided to finish their work in the committee room. Friday is the last day of this year's legislative session. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
California state Senate President Toni Atkins, of San Diego, right, flanked by Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove, left, addresses the members of the Senate in one of the Senate committee hearing rooms after a woman threw red liquid from the public gallery in the Senate chambers, in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The woman was taken into custody and with authorities investigating the substance thrown, Senate leadership decided to finish their work in the committee room. Friday is the last day of this year's legislative session. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
The California state Senate meet in one of the Senate committee rooms after a woman threw red liquid from the public gallery in the Senate chambers, in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The woman was taken into custody and with authorities investigating the substance thrown, Senate leadership decided to finish their work in the smaller committee room. Friday is the last day of this year's legislative session. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A California Highway Patrol Officer photographs a desk on the Senate floor after a red liquid was thrown from the Senate Gallery during the Senate session at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The Senate was cleared as an investigation is taking place. Authorities took a person into custody.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A California Highway Patrol Officers and Senate Sgt-at-Arms inspect the Senate Chambears after a red liquid was thrown from the Senate Gallery while lawmakers where conducting business, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The Senate was cleared as an investigation is taking place. Authorities took a person into custody.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Democratic State Senators Nancy Skinner, if Berkeley, left, and Hannah-Beth Jackson, of Santa Barbara, talk off the floor before the Senate session at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Lawmakers have until midnight Friday, to pass bills before they adjourn this year's legislative session. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A California Highway Patrol Officer photographs a desk on the Senate floor after a red liquid was thrown from the Senate Gallery while lawmakers where conducting business, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The Senate was cleared as an investigation is taking place. Authorities took a person into custody.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A California Highway Patrol Officer looks over the desks on the Senate floor after a red liquid was thrown from the Senate Gallery while lawmakers where conducting business at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The Senate was cleared as an investigation is taking place. Authorities took a person into custody.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Dalelio had previously shared anti-vaccine conspiracy theories on her Facebook page, which has since been deleted. As security apprehended her, she was heard repeatedly telling them that dead babies' "blood is on your hands."

State Sen. Steve Glazer, one of the lawmakers hit by the liquid, posted a photo of the "blood" the following day. He also shared via his Twitter account that he'd attended a required medical examination following the incident. 

"The nurse took it from my head,” Glazer said of the liquid on Friday. "They’re suggesting I take a shower, so I’m going to go do that."

The session stalled for more than three hours as senators relocated to a nearby conference room, carrying computers, printers and other supplies with them. According to Sen. Glazer's Twitter account, the session finally ended around 3 a.m. Saturday morning. 

"A crime was committed today, but the senate will not be deterred from conducting the people’s business," Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins said.

Sen. Richard Pan, who authored the new vaccine laws and who has been confronted by protestors in the past, condemned Dalelio's actions as the result of the "violent rhetoric" surrounding his legislation. 

"Everyone is pretty disturbed and upset," he said. "It’s like we’ve been saying, violent rhetoric turns to violent acts. This is a direct attack on the democratic process and this should be condemned by everyone. This needs to stop."

Dalelio was booked into Sacramento County Jail on six charges, including assault, vandalism and disorderly conduct. She was released Saturday morning. It has not yet been confirmed whether the substance she threw was blood or some kind of substitute. 

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