Cops interviewed woman before Florida van plunge

(NBC News) A lifeguard and several bystanders rushed to the rescue when a mother drove a minivan carrying three children into the surf off of Daytona Beach, Tuesday evening.

"She turned left and straight into the surf," said Tim Tesseneer, a vacationer from North Carolina who ran to help. "We heard the kids say 'Please help me...our Mom's trying to kill us'."

Once the three children were pulled from the car the mother simply wandered off.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Department says the woman, identified as 32-year-old Ebony Wilkerson of Cross, South Carolina, isn't talking to investigators, but is undergoing a mental evaluation.

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