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Mom Accused Of Driving Kids Into Ocean Will Return To Jail After Psychiatric Care

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Ebony WilkersonBy: Stephanie Allen-Gobert

Ebony Wilkerson, 32, is the pregnant woman from South Carolina accused of driving her car into the ocean with her three children on board.  She will now be allowed to receive in-hospital psychiatric care until a doctor says she’s fit to return to jail for her offenses.

Attorneys for both sides announced the agreement during a 10-minute hearing on Wilkerson’s bond Tuesday in Daytona Beach. It was a continuation of a hearing that began last week. Judge Leah Case wanted to hear more testimony before making a decision.

Wilkerson’s defense attorneys also agreed to withdraw a request to reduce her $1.2 million bond on six felony charges-including attempted murder.

Wilkerson was arrested March 7 after police say she locked the doors of her 2012 Honda Odyssey, put up the windows and told her three frightened children – ages 3, 9 and 10 – to close their eyes and go to sleep as she drove into the ocean on March 4.

A video of the incident made available shows Wilkerson’s minivan traveling along the shoreline before it eventually veers into the water.

The children were rescued by beach officials and onlookers, and were not seriously injured. Wilkerson was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center following the incident for a mental health evaluation. She was later arrested and charged.

Police have said Wilkerson spoke to her sister about demons in the hours before driving into the ocean and her sister had notified police.

Police have also said that family members of Wilkerson told them Wilkerson was in an abusive relationship and that she had come to Florida to get away from her husband. Wilkerson’s sister has since filed an injunction against Wilkerson’s husband, alleging he has been making threats against her family.

Wilkerson’s children are currently in state’s custody. Wilkerson faces charges of first degree murder and aggravated child abuse.