Thursday, March 6 2014 9:29 AM EST2014-03-06 14:29:24 GMT
A South Carolina woman who drove her mini-van into the ocean at Daytona Beach with her three kids inside is from Cross in Berkeley County, according to authorities in Florida. Police say they interviewedMore >>
A South Carolina woman who drove her mini-van into the ocean at Daytona Beach with her three kids inside is from Cross in Berkeley County, according to authorities in Florida. Police say they interviewed her two hours before the Tuesday afternoon incident but the woman was released because she showed no signs of being suicidal.More >>
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials say Daytona Beach police officers stopped a pregnant South Carolina woman shortly before she drove a minivan carrying her three children into the Atlantic Ocean.
Police Chief Mike Chitwood says 31-year-old Ebony Wilkerson's sister had called police Tuesday, concerned about her sibling's mental state. Chitwood said Wednesday that when his officers later stopped Wilkerson's black Honda Odyssey, she expressed fear that her husband would be coming to Florida to harm her and her children. He says the officers reported she seemed lucid and the children appeared to be safe.
Bystanders and officers helped pull Wilkerson and her children - ages 3, 9 and 10 - from their minivan.
Several bystanders ran into the water alongside the van, trying to get the driver to stop. The van eventually came to a halt.
Tim Tesseneer, of North Carolina, was one of the rescuers.
"He said, I think it was the little boy said, 'please help us, our mom's trying to kill us'," Tesseneer recalled. "And when he said that, I just, I lost all feeling, and I could think about was, 'we're getting the kids out, no matter what'."
With the help of the bystanders, beach safety officers were able to remove two girls and a boy, including a toddler who was strapped into a booster seat.
Tesseneer said the children's mother just wandered off while the children were recovered.
"She wouldn't speak to nobody,"Tesseneer said. "She didn't speak to the cops, she didn't speak to lifeguards."
Ebony Wilkerson's sister told police she was concerned about her sister's mental state, Chitwood said.
"Her sister had called dispatch and told them that she (Wilkerson) had been talking about demons that day before she left the house," Chitwood said.
Chitwood said Wilkerson went to Halifax Health Medical Center on Monday to voluntarily check herself but then decided against it and walked out.
The children were turned over to welfare authorities. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says Wilkerson was undergoing a mental evaluation.
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Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:05:03 GMT
The horrifying details of the capital murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson were presented to a judge Friday. A Gulfport detective talked about the evidence investigators have against Alberto Garcia.More >>
The horrifying details of the capital murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson were presented to a judge Friday. A Gulfport detective talked about the evidence investigators have against Alberto Garcia. During Friday's hearing, prosecutors revealed that DNA evidence found on Janaya's body has come back from the crime lab with a positive match for Garcia's DNA.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:40:25 GMT
Officials continue to search for the man who beat and robbed a woman during a home invasion in Yazoo City on Monday night. According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front doorMore >>
According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front door for a person she thought needed help.
Friday, August 29 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:15:59 GMT
A power outage has shut down a portion of downtown Jackson. Entergy Mississippi says that crews are on site working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Entergy's website shows that overMore >>
Entergy's website showed that over 400 people were without power in the downtown area on Friday.
Friday, August 29 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:48:04 GMT
The Canton Public School District says that it is working diligently to contain the spread of scabies at several of its schools. The school district says they have informed parents that their childrenMore >>
The school district says they have informed parents that their children may have recently been exposed.