- Mar 5th 2014 at 11:33AM
Mom Drives Minivan Into Ocean With Three Kids In Car
Children rescued just as the tide sucked the minivan out to sea
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.