Mother Faces Attempted Murder Charges For Trying to Kill Self, Her Kids

Pregnant mom faces Daytona Beach judge after driving her van into the ocean in apparent suicide attempt.
3:00 | 03/08/14

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We'll switch gears and to the turn to the pregnant woman who tried to kill herself and three kids about I driving her minivan into the atlantic ocean. She's now facing attempted murder charges and ABC's gio Benitez is outside the courthouse where the suspect will go before a judge later today. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Good morning, bianna. The mother says she was just driving too close to the water and the waves pulled her in but as you're about to see her children are telling a very different horrific tale. This morning, new details coming from the terrified children in that minivan. Police now say their own mother intended to kill them, plunging the van into the ocean raising the window, locking the doors. Eyewitnesses capturing the screams from her 10-year-old son after he fought with his mom and lowered the windows himself. He's saying help. Reporter: 32-year-old ebony Wilkerson who is also pregnant is now behind bars charged with three counts of attempted murder and child abuse. You're supposed to protect your children out all costs. You're not supposed to be trying to kill your children. Reporter: Her children, 10, 9 and 3 telling police, "Mom tried to kill us" and mom was going to drive us in the ocean to die. Her only words, they said, were that they should close their eyes and go to sleep and that she was taking them to a safer place. Good samaritans watching the drama unfold rushed to the rescue pulling the kids and mom out before the van was enveloped by water. I'll never get the picture out of my head with that boy with outstretched arms saying please help me, our mom is trying to kill her. Reporter: When police spoke with her, they say she seemed confused jumping from one religious topic to other another. Her kids called her crazy and a lunatic. It could be a combination of depression, some other mental health issue and so all of that just may have been too much for her. She will rationalize they're better off dead than alive. Reporter: Will Kerr son has not yet entered any plea. And back here at the county jail, that mother is being held without bond. She's going to face a judge for the first time later today. Dan and bianna. Just such a disturbing story on so many levels. Of course, those children are lucky to be alive. Gio, our thanks to you.

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