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Woman allegedly mentioned demons before driving into Fla. ocean

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP/WJLA) - A pregnant South Carolina woman who drove a minivan carrying her three young children into the ocean surf off Florida is hospitalized for mental evaluation.

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A Volusia County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Thursday that Ebony Wilkerson was still being evaluated under the Baker Act. The law that allows authorities to involuntarily take people into custody if they seem to be a threat to themselves.

No one was injured.

Bystanders and officers helped pull her and her children - ages 3, 9 and 10 - from their minivan as it was almost submerged.

“I’ll never get the picture out of my head of that little boy with his outstretched arms saying 'please help me, our mom’s trying to kill us,'” says Tim Tesseneer.

Wilkerson was stopped in her vehicle by police officers two hours before she drove into the ocean. Her sister called police worried since Wilkerson had been talking about demons. 

"She's talking about Jesus and that there's demons in my house," Wilkerson's sister said in the 911 call. 

The officers found her lucid and let her go.

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