Pregnant Mom Who Drove 3 Kids Into Ocean Won't Be Going to Prison (VIDEO)

We were shocked earlier this year when a pregnant woman drove herself and her three children into the ocean in Florida, apparently trying to kill them all. Ebony Wilkerson, 33, of South Carolina, even tried to fight off the bystanders who rushed out to help. Luckily, they were able to get the terrified children, ages 3, 9, and 10, out of the car. But Wilkerson, who gave birth to her fourth child in jail, has now been found not guilty by reason of insanity.


Wilkerson was facing charges of attempted murder and child abuse, but both the prosecution and the defense eventually agreed that she was suffering a psychotic break during the episode. It's not clear yet if she will be released entirely or sent to a mental facility.

At the time of the incident, which was caught on video camera, Wilkerson's blood sugar levels were taken at the scene, and she reportedly had levels of 44, which is far lower than normal. Given that she was pregnant at the time, the defense argued that her hypoglycemia caused a psychotic break with reality. Wow, who knew?

Earlier that fateful day, Wilkerson's sister had called police saying that the mom was talking about "demons" and acting erratically. The police stopped her but found her lucid and let her go.

Hours later, she was driving her minivan into the ocean.

I'm sure any mother who suffered a mental break would want to have the chance to prove herself again and get back custody of her children. It's unclear yet what will happen to Wilkerson's four children. The eldest were reportedly in foster care, the youngest living with Wilkerson's husband.

If there is any hope of ever reuniting them, Wilkerson will have to work long and hard on her mental state and should be watched carefully. Though the mom might be well now, her children are going to suffer trauma for the rest of their lives -- and may even be scared to be around her.

But it seems the right thing to do that this woman not be sent to prison for the rest of her life.

Let's remember the bravery of the people who saved the children's lives, too.

Do you think this was the right decision?

Image via Daytona, Florida Police

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