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Mom Who Drove Minivan Into Ocean Faces Attempted Murder Charges; Worried About Demons and Abusive Husband

Categories: WTF Florida

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Ebony Wilkerson has been identified as the pregnant woman who drove a minivan with her three children inside into the Atlantic Ocean off of Daytona Beach earlier this week. The 32-year-old South Carolina woman has now been charged with attempted murder as more details of the incident come forward.

See Also: Video: Pregnant Woman Drove Minivan Full of Kids Into Ocean in Florida.


The incident happened on Tuesday. Witnesses say Wilkerson drive the van down the beach and then made a sharp turn into the ocean. The aftermath was caught on camera the mother and her three kids, age 3, 9, and 10, were rescued. Witnesses said that after the rescue one of the children said that there mother was trying to kill them.

Official police statements now seem to confirm that story.

"She told them to close their eyes and go to sleep. She was trying to take them to a better place," said Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson according to WPEC.

Police say that the van's windows were rolled up, the doors were locked, and one of the children even tried to take control of the steering wheel away form the mother. One child however was able to role down a window and yell for help.

Luckily the mother and all three children were not physically injured.

The family had apparently been staying in Wilkerson's sister's house in Daytona Beach. Wilkerson had apparently fled from an abusive husband back in South Carolina. Hours before the incident her sister had called police because she was worried by Wilkerson's talk of demons.

Police tracked down the van and stopped Wilkerson. She explained that she was worried her husband would come down to Florida and hurt the family. During the stop the children seemed fine. The officer involved was worried about Wilkerson's mental state, but she did not meet requirements to be retained under the Baker Act.

Wilkerson was held in a mental health facility for three days and underwent a mental examination. She has since been released back to police. The children are in the custody of other family members.

She now faces three charges of attempted first degree murder as well as aggravated child abuse.



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30 comments
Holger Werner
Holger Werner

Too funny i saw a "Black Female" posting "Whitepeopleproblems" when the News occured on the WEB but it was not visible who was in the Car! This is our World, full of Hate !!!

Aaron Austin
Aaron Austin

Wow I thought she'd be caucasian & receive mental treatment. But she african american so I guess she just receives charges...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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        Pregos be cray cray ...

Nikki Baker
Nikki Baker

Do New Times computers not have spell check?

JoJoJo
JoJoJo

Some people should not have children.. God know how these kids will turn out.

Camila Turner
Camila Turner

Thank you Jessica, Tanya and Barbara. She needs help along with the requisite punishment, she is not in her right mind...

Jean Longchamps Jr
Jean Longchamps Jr

It's great to read comments from people who aren't regulated by the color of one's skin, but can show empathy towards someone in obvious dire need. Where do you get off condemning a person who is in custody of four (4) life forms, plus her own, is married and makes a decision to end all these lives after driving south to get away from a physically abusive relationship? Obviously, you are too involved trolling Justin Bieber and admiring the bright colors in the comics to produce a reflective thought. F'g sheep!

Barbara Behrens
Barbara Behrens

She may need medical help with a therapist. Can't judge her haven't walk in her shoes. Hope she gets the help she needs!

Casey Ahlbum
Casey Ahlbum

Emily Ahlbum you're right about the lack of proofing before posting it. Very difficult to read!

Michael J. Aceti
Michael J. Aceti

Who wrote this? A 5th grader? Wow, professional journalism has really taken a nose dive lately.

Tanya C Davis
Tanya C Davis

How is her being charged with murder good? She CLEARLY needs help. I'd like to know where her husband is and how she got to this point.

Elisa Reyes-Lao
Elisa Reyes-Lao

Clearly this had to be a mental health issue. I hope this woman and her children get the help they deserve.

nxswift
nxswift

wow. edit much? i cant even take this sad story seriously, the writing is so terrible. 

Krystal Danielle
Krystal Danielle

But what does this have to do with Black or White? People are stupid

Bianca Marie
Bianca Marie

Sooooo poorly written. I'm embarrassed for them haha.

Carrie Rivera
Carrie Rivera

Prime example of someone who shouldn't have children. Yet has 3 and 1 one on the way! Great job!

Michelle Osorio
Michelle Osorio

If this is the kind of competition I'll have for writing jobs once I graduate, there is no way I'll have trouble finding a job! THANKS

anniejones
anniejones

Thank you for the story - however not to be nit picky, you really should have an editor review your writing before you publish.  As a newspaper I would think there would be more concern as to spelling etc.  Thank you.


said that there mother was trying to kill them  ...there should be their

steering wheel away form the mother...... should be from

One child however was able to role down a window and yell for help.   role - should be roll

During the stop the children seemed fine.   this makes no sense?


There are way too many errors for this to be really considered professional journalism.  

Emily Ahlbum
Emily Ahlbum

This article obviously wasn't proofread before it was published. Made my head hurt

Alice Gomez
Alice Gomez

I'm sorry but wtf writes this shit. Everything is apparently had, there, when it should be their . Make me feel like a damn dummy just trying to read this. Sorry but I had to go there. Awful

Jamie Firestone
Jamie Firestone

I just want to point out this story to all the black people that like to say only white people go looney tunes cray-cray...

Gomez Christian
Gomez Christian

something about that skull of hers just gives me bad vibes

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