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Pregnant mother allegedly drove her kids into the ocean

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A distraught pregnant woman in South Carolina is accused of doing something unthinkable to her own children this week.  According to police, the woman was driving a minivan with her three young kids in tow and then decided to try to kill them by driving them into the ocean.  Police say that the kids were screaming as the mother committed the act and witnesses say that she was trying to kill them.

Ebony Wilkerson is a 32-year old woman with three children, ages 3, 9 and 10.   The Daytona Beach resident denied trying to hurt her kids, according to Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson.   But the children have refuted their mother’s claims.  One of the kids even tried to take the steering wheel away from the young mother as she drove them toward their pending doom.

“She told them to close their eyes and go to sleep. She was trying to take them to a better place,” Johnson said.

During the ordeal, police say that the doors were locked and windows rolled up.  One of the kids tried to yell for help.   As water came into the car, the woman got out and left her kids inside to drown.

The children are in protective custody of the state, and the mother has been submitted for psychiatric evaluation.   She faces three counts of attempted first degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

“You’re supposed to protect your children at all costs,” Johnson said. “You’re not supposed to try to kill your children.”

Wilkerson’s sister had called police before the incident, stating that she was talking about demons to her on the phone earlier in the day.  According to relatives, the woman was in an abusive relationship and had moved to Florida to get away from her husband.