Mom Who Drove Kids Into Ocean Charged
Florida woman accused of trying to kill her 3 children
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2014 2:12 PM CST
This booking photo released by the Volusia (Fla.) County Division of Corrections shows Ebony Wilkerson.   (Fla.) County Corrections)

(Newser) – The 32-year-old mother who drove her three kids into the Atlantic Ocean has been charged with attempted murder, reports CNN. Ebony Wilkerson has denied trying to harm her kids, but they and witnesses at the scene in Daytona Beach tell a much different story. "She actually told them to close their eyes and go to sleep, she was taking them to a better place," said Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson. Bystanders entered the surf and got the kids out of the minivan, and police say Wilkerson—who was outside the vehicle—tried to block them from doing so, reports News13.

Family members say Wilkerson, who is pregnant, spoke of demons earlier in the day, and Johnson said the criminal charges will help ensure she gets whatever mental health treatment is necessary. The Palm Beach Post reports that Wilkerson was involved in a fatal car accident in 2007. Police say she switched lanes and hit another vehicle, killing a 35-year-old new mom inside.

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NSA-CIApuppet
Mar 9, 2014 4:43 PM CDT
I have become too humble to post: "One day you will see the truth in what I say. Many people have before you and come back to me and said they see now what I saw years ago. Its my curse and burden to bear. Most truly inspired people before their time get laughed at and ridiculed. I am in pretty good company." WINTERFAIRY http://www.newser.com/story/comments/181335/smoking-kills-another-marlboro-man.html#comment-1218718020
Ezekiel 25:17
Mar 8, 2014 3:32 PM CST
Thankfully from the other high profile cases of women killing their children, it will actually help her. The system before would have simply sent her to a shrink for some meds and then given her kids back to her. But thanks to people like Susan Smith, she will not fare so well. She may never get her kids back as minors if ever. If the family does not want to take fulltime custody of them, they would wind up in foster care. Rest assured those kids are now in a much better future than had they stayed with her. Even the baby she carries will most likely be taken after birth.
ohiodude
Mar 8, 2014 10:38 AM CST
Ugly! Should let her drown. Do mankind a favor. Shark bait!