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1 year later: woman who drove onto airport tarmac tells her story

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Exactly one year ago tonight, a Mesa woman drove through a fence at Sky Harbor International Airport and crashed her car on the tarmac - with her 2-month-old son in the backseat.

At the time, Phoenix police said Koko Anderson was "out of her senses" and likely on drugs.

But, Anderson insists that wasn't the case and she has yet to be charged with any crime.

"It is just the location," she said. "And, I believe that's what my insurance company was saying: 'Had she hit a fence at a grocery store, buying Pampers, we wouldn't even be having this conversation right now.'"

The 22-year-old doesn't remember much from the evening of Nov. 15, 2012, but she knows she wasn't drunk or high.

"I wasn't intoxicated," Anderson said. "I do have a mental illness. I was breast-feeding at the time, so I wasn't taking any sort of medication. And the diagnosis was kind of up in the air, they didn't know if it was hypoglycemia."

Anderson believes her bi-polar disorder and underlying medical conditions, related to a difficult birth, led to her confusion and the Phoenix Police Department's speculation that she was on drugs.

Last November, police recommended Anderson be charged with aggravated DUI and criminal damage.

During the past year, the case has gone back and forth between the Phoenix Police Department and the county attorney's office.

Prosecutors wanted Anderson screened for synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts - since other tests were negative - and they're still waiting on those results.

"The situation has been blown so out of proportion - because you're looking for a cause for something there is no cause for, I feel like," Anderson said.

She told CBS 5 News, the fallout has been a nightmare.

Anderson said Child Protective Services has stripped her of custody and placed her son in an unsafe home.

She also said CPS is unjustly trying to block her visitation and reunification with her child.

"I just feel like 'why are you attacking me?'" Anderson asked of CPS. "Is it because it (her accident) was on the news? Is it because I have a disability? Is it because my son is black? Why are you treating me this way? This is inhumane."

CPS won't comment on the case, but CBS 5 News will be digging deeper to get some answers.

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