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A pregnant mother who drove her minivan filled with her three children into the Atlantic Ocean was charged with murder today after the children told police, "Mom tried to kill us."
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said today that Ebony Wilkerson, 32, got out of the car after driving it into the ocean on Tuesday and left her kids inside. Police said a beach safety officer had to fend her off as he was trying to rescue the children.
"She tried to stop someone from going into the vehicle. That's one of the reasons you have a premeditated first degree murder," Johnson said at a news conference today.
Authorities also determined that Wilkerson did not suffer from mental illness or was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time she drove her children into the sea.
Wilkerson is charged with three counts of attempted murder, one for each child, as well as child abuse charges. She is being held in Volusia County jail pending a court appearance.
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A pregnant mother who drove her minivan filled with her three children in it into the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday has been charged with attempted murder, authorities said.
The Volusia County, Fla., sheriff's department said Ebony Wilkerson, 32, is charged with three counts of attempted murder, one for each child, as well as child abuse charges.
She is being held in Volusia County jail pending a court appearance.
Sheriff Ben Johnson said today that there was no evidence Wilkerson suffered from mental illness or was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time.
The mom of three children -- ages 3, 9, and 10 -- is 27-and-a-half weeks pregnant, Johnson said.
After being taken to the hospital, the children told police, "Mom tried to kill us," according to police. The oldest told officers that her mother brought them to the beach "so we could die."
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