Surveillance video shows mom driving kids into Daytona Beach surf

Surveillance video shows mom driving kids into Daytona Beach surf (Image 1)

Newly released surveillance video shows the moments that a pregnant mother drove a van with her three children inside into the water on Daytona Beach.

Several vehicles are seen driving down the beach. Then, a dark-colored van makes a left turn and heads into the surf.

Investigators say Ebony Wilkerson told her children she was “trying to take them to a better place”. Bystanders and beach safety officers pulled the two girls and a boy, ages 3, 9 and 10, through the windows to safety.

Wilkerson’s sister called 911 before the beach incident to report that her sister’s husband had abused her, and that Wilkerson was “talking about Jesus and how there are demons in my house”.

Wilkerson, 32, is charged with three counts of attempted murder and three counts child abuse causing great bodily harm. A judge set Wilkerson’s bond at $1.2 million.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s