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Lowcounty Mother Mentioned "Demons" Before Driving Van Into Ocean

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Ebony Wilkerson, 32, from Cross drove the van into the surf just before 5:00 p.m. Tuesday Ebony Wilkerson, 32, from Cross drove the van into the surf just before 5:00 p.m. Tuesday
A pregnant woman from the Lowcountry was being given a mental health evaluation after police in Florida say she drove her van - with her three children inside - into the Atlantic Ocean.

Ebony Wilkerson, 32, from Cross in Berkeley County drove the van into the surf just before 5:00 p.m. Tuesday according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Two girls and a boy - one of them a toddler - were in the van, but were rescued without suffering any serious injuries. The incident - caught on video by a tourist on the beach - has gained national attention.

Wilkerson was spotted driving erratically on the beach in a Honda Odyssey van by a beach safety officer. She drove parallel to the ocean before turning sharply and heading into three or four feet of water.

Beach safety officers and bystanders - including Tim Tesseneer, a man from western North Carolina - raced to the van in the water and helped all four people get out. 

All four were then taken by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. Beach safety officers managed to attach a tow rope to the van and pull it to shore about three-quarters of a mile down the shore.

CBS News reports hours before the incident, Wilkerson's sister feared something was wrong and called 911.

A Daytona 911 recording of Jessica Harrell telling the operator, "she's talking about Jesus and there's demons in my house and I'm trying to control her but I'm trying to keep them safe. She's getting a little bit better but she's still not all here. She's trying to drive and I'm trying to stop her and she has her kids so I took her keys."

Wilkerson apparently found another set of keys and left with the children.

Lowcounty Mother Mentioned "Demons" Before Driving Van Into Ocean

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