SC woman who drove children into ocean involuntarily committed

VIDEO: S.C. woman who drove children into ocean involuntarily committed

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge ruled that a South Carolina woman who tried to kill her three children by driving her minivan into the Atlantic Ocean in 2014 must be involuntary committed to a mental hospital.

Ebony Wilkerson was released from a state mental hospital in August of last year.

Since then she has been in a transitional treatment center.

At Friday's hearing, Wilkerson told the judge she did not think she had a mental illness.

The judge says she is not believable.

According to a report by WKMG, prosecutors said Wilkerson stopped taking her medication and suffered a "psychotic episode" at a treatment facility.

Wilkerson had been out on a conditional release after being found not guilty by reason of insanity on child abuse charges following the 2014 incident.

In 2014, authorities say officers teamed up with several beachgoers at Daytona Beach to rescue Wilkerson's children inside the van consisting of a 3-year-old girl, 9-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl.

Investigators say Wilkerson ignored the children's pleas for help, insisting that she was taking them to a "safer place."

According to authorities, the oldest child grabbed the steering wheel and unsuccessfully tried to steer the vehicle away from the water.

Investigators say by the time the van stopped, the ocean water was rushing into the minivan and the vehicle was quickly filling up.

A report by the sheriff's office states Wilkerson then exited the minivan and left her children inside the vehicle.

The two older children were pulled to safety first and then, after they reported that their younger sister was still in the vehicle,  the toddler was extracted through the minivan's rear hatch.

According to a witness, during the rescue, one of the beach safety officers had to fend off Wilkerson, who was grabbing at the officer and trying to stop him from entering the vehicle.

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