Mom accused of driving into surf goes before judge

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A pregnant South Carolina woman accused of driving her minivan into the ocean in an attempt to kill her three children is set to appear before a judge.

Ebony Wilkerson is scheduled to have a court hearing Saturday. She has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and three counts child abuse causing great bodily harm.

Wilkerson told police she was not trying to hurt her children, but she was driving too close to the water, "and the waves pulled her in."

Her children told investigators another story, saying their mother was trying to kill them.

Authorities also say she tried to call off bystanders hustling to rescue her three screaming children from the water that was rushing in through the windows.

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