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Mother who drove into ocean with 3 kids on Fla. beach hospitalized for mental evaluation

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In this image made from video and released by Simon Besner, lifeguards rescue children from a minivan that their mother drove into the Atlantic, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Ebony Wilkerson, 31, a pregnant South Carolina woman who drove a minivan carrying her three young children into the ocean surf off Florida had talked about demons before leaving the house, according to her sister who worriedly called police, officials said during a news conference Wednesday. Bystanders and officers helped pull Wilkerson and her children, ages 3, 9 and 10, from their minivan. The children were turned over to welfare authorities. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says Wilkerson was undergoing a mental evaluation. (AP Photo/Simon Besner) (The Associated Press)

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.

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.

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.

The officers found her lucid and let her go.

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