• Mar 5th 2014 at 11:33AM
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Pregnant Woman Drives Van, 3 Kids Into Ocean

Three children and their pregnant mother were rescued from their partially submerged minivan as it was battered by the surf off the coast of Dayton Beach, Fla. on Tuesday afternoon.

Tim Tesseneer was the first to scramble through the rising waves and make it to the distressed minivan, according to WESH. Inside he found three children, aged 3, 9 and 10. One child was crying, saying that his mother, 32-year-old Ebony Wilkerson, was trying to kill them. Tesseneer and another man were able to quickly rescue two of the children, but the waves quickly began to overtake the vehicle and the rescuers as they struggled to pull the youngest child from the car. Fortunately, they were eventually able to pull the child out to safety.

Hours before driving into the ocean, Wilkerson told her sister the house was infested with demons. Wilkerson's sister called police to alert them to her sister's odd behavior. Police caught up to the mother, but they had no reason to hold her as she didn't seem violent or suicidal. She told officers she was afraid of her abusive ex-husband hurting her and her children, and that she was heading to a domestic violence shelter. Wilkerson drove into the ocean shortly after the traffic stop.

Wilkerson is currently at a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. All of the children are safe and will be heading home with relatives.

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      Maye we should cars?
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      Great job by the rescuers. Hope this woman and her family can somehow find peace after this unfortunate incident. We need to deal more efectively with depression and other psychiatric illnesses. Affordable, universal health care should be the goal of every American. If we can put a man on the moon, we should be able to keep a distressed pregnant mom from trying to kill herself and her children by driving her car into the ocean.
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      Lock the mom in a looney bin for life. NEVER again trust her with children! Give custody of those children to some decent loving relatives or adoptive parents. ☺
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      I wonder where in FL it was?? Never heard of Dayton Beach, Daytona yes. What's wrong with putting in a map?
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      The swift-acting compassionate rescuers are to be highly commended. We praise them when they rescue the precious animals we share the planet with, we must praise them for their heroic actions with saving these children.
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      Maybe she thought her vehicle was a SUBurban?
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      A woman in Florida fires a warning show at her abusive husband's head and has spent a couple years in jail, plus she could be facing life in prison. This dingbat drives her kids in the ocean because of "her abusive husband" and she's "OK". If she was so "OK" and she was going to a shelter, why didn't she take the children with her? But you're going to drive your little screaming kids into the ocean? But you couldn't, as the lady in Florida did, try to PROTECT them! I wonder what it would be life if the two colors of the women were reversed. YES, the lady in Florida is Black and she's facing LIFE IN PRISON FOR SHOOTING A WARNING!
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