By Paul Drewes
(KHNL) - A bizarre accident in Waipahu Wednesday afternoon sent a woman to the hospital in critical condition after she was run down by her mother-in-law.
According to police this was simply an accident. But family members of the victim feel it was something more - a deliberate attempt to keep a young woman from her baby.
It seems like a typical quiet Waipahu neighborhood - where nothing unusual happens.
The screams neighbors usually hear are from the kids playing in the street. But on this afternoon, screams of a different kind were heard.
According to eyewitnesses, a heated argument broke out between Anna Hicks and her daughter-in-law Brandi.
They were fighting over custody of Brandi's two year old - Jasmine.
When Brandi stepped in front of the car.
"She kept asking Anna 'when are you going to return the baby?' cause she knew in her heart the baby wouldn't be returned," said the victim's aunt, Georgie Amantiad.
It was then this domestic dispute turned into a violent accident.
"I went in the backseat and and unhooked the baby from the car seat - I grabbed the baby and ran out with the baby," Amantiad said.
"The lady went forward and banged her into the steak car and she kept going and ran her over," said witness and Waipahu resident, Christie Cregan.
Brandi was pinned under the car - which had to be jacked up to rescue her.
She was taken to the hospital in critical condition, leaving her family angry with the driver.
"I said to her 'you're trying to kill her. You hit the first lunch wagon.' But she kept going," Amantiad told us.
But an initial police investigation doesn't point to criminal charges in this case.
"There was an argument. It doesn't seem intentional that she went forward. It was accidental," said Honolulu Police Sergeant Lorenzo Ridela.
Brandi suffered five broken ribs, a punctured lung and other injuries.