Police: Mother who drove into ocean with children accused of attempted murder

(CNN) -- A woman accused of driving a minivan into the Atlantic Ocean with her three children in Florida was arrested Friday on three counts of attempted first-degree murder, Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said Friday afternoon.

Investigators say they think Ebony Wilkerson was trying to kill her children -- ages 3, 9 and 10 -- when she drove into the surf in Daytona Beach on Tuesday, Johnson said.

Bystanders and beach rangers went into the water and rescued the children, witnesses and police said.

Wilkerson also is being held on three counts of aggravated child abuse, Johnson said.


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