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Lawyer: Mom who drove kids into ocean had hypoglycemia

Ebony Wilkerson

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.--The lawyer for a mother accused of driving her van full of kids into the Atlantic Ocean filed a motion suggesting the woman was disoriented from low blood sugar, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

The motion filed by Ebony Wilkerson's public defender claims she suffered from hypoglycemia and that may have altered her state of mind moments before the car went into the Atlantic Ocean.

Wilkerson, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., faces three counts of attempted second-degree murder and child abuse following the March incident.

According to Volusia County sheriff's deputies, one of the children said that Wilkerson, who was 28 weeks pregnant at the time of the incident, locked the doors of the minivan on March 4, rolled up the windows and drove into the ocean, saying she was doing it to "keep all of us safe."

Her children -- ages 3, 9 and 10 -- were not seriously injured in the incident and were rescued by beach officials and onlookers. She delivered her other baby in May.