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Video: Woman Who Drove Minivan Full of Children into Atlantic Ocean Charged With Attempted Murder

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Screen grab from ABC News video.
Screen grab from ABC News video.
Volusia County, Fla. – A woman who drove a minivan filled with three young children into the Atlantic Ocean has been charged with attempted murder, ABC News reported.

Ebony Wilkerson, 32, who is 27 weeks pregnant, was charged with three counts of attempted murder and child abuse charges on Thursday. Wilkerson told her children – ages 3, 9 and 10 – to go to sleep and drove her Honda Odyssey into the ocean.

Several passerby rushed to the minivan and were able to pull the children to safety (Video of the rescue is attached to this post).

NBC News reported that Wilkerson told investigators she had "14 years of agony with her husband."

Wilkerson is from Myrtle Beach, S.C., and NBC reported that she had told police four day before the incident that she had been raped by her husband.

The day of the incident, Wilkerson's sister called 911 and said her sister was having a psychotic episode.
John Strother March 09, 2014 at 11:41 AM
I think this woman was under a lot of stress and was in a very abusive relationship with her husband. No one knows what she has endured prior to this happening. No one knows her full mental out look and how much abuse she has endured her entire married life. The monster, her husband, drove her to this. Let's see what type of monster, he really is. Where is that information, I need it before I can judge her.
John Strother March 09, 2014 at 11:53 AM
well dang OLDFED, you seem like the husband may had been. Really you got your head shoved so far up your back side. The love between these too, the husband and wife sure wasn't there. She felts he raped her while she was carrying another child he had fathered. Did he help with the children or force her to cope alone with them? Did she give up a career to be married and was reduced to only being a baby maker? Yet you have judged her as being guilty when you have no clue to how she been degraded. True, she'll be judged for trying to kill her kids, However she may had felt that they were dead than to live with their father ever again. No one knows. Yet you have judged and condemned her. Are there any women in your life? If not, I think I can see the reasons why.
oldfed March 09, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Mr. Strother: Guess you've already judged this issue, and me. Just who exactly are you to attack me? Try putting down your comic books and go to Wikipedia for the Latin definition of the term "ad hominem". I merely stated the legal (IMO) issues here. You,and others seem sooo infaturated w/this unfortunate woman that you're angry @ other posters. Why, what's YOUR problem?.......
LT March 10, 2014 at 07:32 AM
dear oldfed, this is what happens when people can comment without fear of being found out, or punched in the face. a phenomenon of the internet.
John March 12, 2014 at 06:34 AM
This women obviously had a severe breakdown of some kind. I truly believe this was a cry for help. Wouldn't be one bit surprised this was a case of severe spousal abuse.

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