Mother who drove van with kids into ocean charged with attempted murder

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A pregnant mother who drove her van with her children inside into the ocean is facing lesser charges.

The State Attorney's Office said Tuesday that Ebony Wilkerson has been charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder and three counts of child abuse.

Video shot by beachgoers in early March showed Wilkerson drive her minivan with her children, ages 3, 9 and 10 inside, into the rough ocean surf at Daytona Beach.

Volusia County Sheriff's investigators said Wilkerson locked the doors of the van, put up the windows and told her three frightened children to "close their eyes and go to sleep," and then drove into the ocean.

Rescuers pulled the children from the van.

Wilkerson was initially charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder in the case.

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