“Mom’s trying to kill us!”

Daytona Beach, FL (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, Florida 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.