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911 calls to police after mother drives van with kids inside into water

911 calls to police after mother drives van with kids inside into water

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There are new details from the compelling video of a rescue in Daytona Beach Florida on Tuesday. 3 kids ages 3, 9 and 10-years old had to be pulled from a mini-van when it's alleged their mother 32-year old Ebony Wilkerson of Cross South Carolina drove the van into the water. The 911 calls from her sister to police have been released.

3 kids had to be pulled from a mini-van when it's alleged their mother -32-year old Ebony Wilkerson of Cross South Carolina drove the van into the water.

Wilkerson was in Daytona Beach because her sister Jessica lives there, she is the one who first alerted police that something was not right with her sister.

The video shows the Honda Odyssey going into the water as the waves crashed around it, rescuers run to get the children out as the van is pulled into the surf. Police in Florida say the mother Ebony Wilkerson, who is pregnant with a -4th- child, is undergoing a mental evaluation.

2-hours before she drove the van on the beach police say they talked to Wilkerson after being alerted, by her sister, that she was acting strange. When police first pulled her over they say she was calm and answered their questions clearly and the kids seemed in good spirits inside the van.  

Police let her go and it was not long after she headed toward the beach--the 9-1-1 calls from her sister to police-- were released on Thursday.

Sister: I need a wellness check. My sister was getting abused by her husband. I tried to take her to the hospital yesterday and she singed herself out today. She is getting a little bit better but she is still not all here. She is trying to drive and I'm trying to stop her and she has her kids and I took her keys.

 Dispatch: What is she doing?

Sister: She is talking about Jesus and that there's demons in my house and that I'm trying to control her but I'm trying keep them safe.

Dispatch: She thinks there's demons in the house?

Sister: Yeah.

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