Relations between two Charlotte neighbors had grown increasingly strained in the weeks leading up to Sundays altercation, in which one neighbor threw hot grease on the others family, residents said.
They didnt have arguments with anyone else around here except for each other, said resident Marco Davarco.
Police say Regina Terry, 33, threw a pot of hot grease on her neighbors during an argument outside their apartments at 1511 Polk St., just north of uptown. Terry was arrested Monday and charged in the attack.
Two adults and four children ages 10, 8, 6 and 22 months were taken to the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill. Another child was treated at Levine Childrens Hospital, and an eighth victim was treated at the scene.
Residents said the victims were sisters Latarra and Nadi Mclean, their children and their mother, Macy Mclean.
One woman, who identified herself only as Marshay, lives next door to the Mcleans.
She said two weeks ago, Regina Terrys young son hit one of the McLean children in the face with a stick.
When the McLeans confronted Terry about it, Terrys 17-year-old daughter got into a fight with the McLean sisters.
Then on Sunday, the neighborhood children were playing outside of the apartment building when the McLeans and Terrys daughter began arguing again.
The McLeans yelled for Terry to get her daughter because she was causing trouble, said Marshay.
(Terry) came out here and we thought she threw water on them until everyone started screaming, said Marshay.
Terry then went back inside her apartment and soon after, a man came to pick her and her son up in a silver car, said Marshay.
Police spokesman Robert Fey said he didnt know the identity of the man and no one else has been charged in the incident.
On Monday morning, Terry was arrested in Richmond County, about 70 miles southeast of Charlotte. She is charged with six counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and seven counts of maiming without malice.
Jamey Mclean, Latarra and Nadi McLeans brother, flew from his home in Colorado to Charlotte on Monday, with plans to drive to the Chapel Hill burn center.
He said his mom, Macy McLean, is in bad condition but shes able to speak. Shes talking to her visitors now.
I never heard them say anything bad about their neighbors, said Jamey McLean. Right now Im just focused on getting there and seeing how bad everything is.
In early July, Terry was scheduled to go to court for a communicating threats charge from 2006 in Hamlet.
Shes also been charged a couple of times for simple assault and simple affray, although they were later dropped. Staff researcher Maria David contributed.