*Boy, its hard for a logical person to even fathom where one’s mind would have to be to do what Ebony Wilkerson, 32, did to her own children. The mother of three (now pregnant with a fourth!) appeared in a Volusia County courtroom in Florida recently to face charges after driving her three screaming children into the ocean waves.
Charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder and child abuse with great harm, Wilkerson is currently in custody with her bail set at $1.2 million.
Prior to placing the full weight of her foot on the accelerator and driving the terrified children into the ocean, this mother had told them to close their eyes and go to sleep, authorities said.
Wilkerson had been stopped two hours prior and questioned for 30-minutes by police, but according to chief Mike Chitwood, she couldn’t be held because she seemed lucid and her children were not in distress.
Authorities said the mother fought off her 9-year-old son who tried to grab the wheel and even tried to fight off rescuers who reached for her screaming children – the youngest of which was 3-years-old.
“The criminal intent was there,” Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said Friday. “We’re not out for blood, we just want justice,” the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
Investigators interviewed Wilkerson’s son, and her 10-year-old daughter. “We almost drowned and she did that on purpose,” the girl said. Her brother said their mom was “acting like a lunatic” and “she was going to kill us all dead,” the paper reported.
Wilkerson, a South Carolina resident, had left home with her children last Sunday after reporting to local police that she had been attacked by her husband; and had since been staying with her sister in Florida.
Wilkerson’s daughter told investigators that her mom had been talking about Jesus and demons and had been reading the Bible. Wilkerson’s sister, Jessica Harrell, called 911 Tuesday to request that sheriff’s deputies check on her older sister because she was acting crazy.
Authorities have reached out to the children’s father, and expected him in Florida days ago. He has yet to appear and the children remain in protective custody.
Do you think leniency should be granted to Ebony Wilkerson due to a possible mental breakdown, or is this a mother who may have used her kids to get back at an abusive husband?
Watch Ebony Wilkerson in court: