Mother locked up in mental hospital after driving van with her 3 children into the Atlantic Ocean (video)By Mason White 11:39 AM December 26, 2014
By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested on charges of attempted murder after driving a van into the ocean with her three children inside, prosecutors in Florida said.
Now, a judge ordered 33-year-old Ebony Wilkerson, be committed to a state mental hospital.
Circuit Judge Leah R. Case found that she met the legal standard of being “manifestly dangerous to herself and others.”
According to the police investigation, passersby jumped into the Atlantic Ocean in Daytona Beach, and freed the woman’s children, aged 10, 9, and 3, after Wilkerson drove her van into the water.
Wilkerson pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity after prosecutors agreed to drop charges of attempted murder.
Wilkerson will be released in six months on the condition that she has no contact with her three children who are in state custody.
Wilkerson gave birth to a boy in prison. The boy has been handed over to the custody of his father.