Published: Jun 22, 2011 3:30 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 22, 2011 3:16 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- 5-year-old Gabe Ferguson looks well one month after what family says was a terrible accident.

Gabe's great-grandmother Shirley Moore says she fears the worst scars will come from the child's mother, Miranda Ferguson, being put behind bars.

Ferguson was arrested Monday and is accused of running over Gabe with a car.

"I have never seen anything so blown out of proportion in my life," says Moore.

Police say the mother backed over the boy in a Publix parking lot because he refused to get in the vehicle.

Moore says the accusations are bogus.

"He wouldn't get in the car. She moved the car a little bit. He panicked and fell," she says.

Authorities say Ferguson gave different stories about how the child was hurt, and the stories didn't match up with the evidence.

"There were tire marks on the child, bruising, which proved he was run over -- scrapes on his face, hand and shoulder," says Capt. Dennis Eads.

Moore says if Ferguson gave conflicting stories, it was because she was scared, not because she was covering up wrongdoing.

"I think she got herself in over head real quick and didn't know what to do with it," Moore says.

"My granddaughter is a great granddaughter. She is a great daughter. She is a wonderful mother."

DCF says this is the second time it has investigated Ferguson. The agency would not say when or why.

Ferguson is being held in the Lee County Jail.