DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (970 WFLA) - Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson has announced that Ebony Wilkerson now faces attempted murder and aggravated child abuse charges.

Johnson said Wilkerson deliberately tried to kill her three children when she drove the family mini van into the Atlantic Ocean in Daytona Beach Tuesday.

Wilkerson's three-,nine- and 10-year-olds are okay.  Johnson said Wilkerson, who is pregnant, doesn't have a history of mental illness.  He also said her childen told investigators they believed Wilkerson was trying to harm them and her son even tried to steer the car out of the surf. 

Johnson adds that Wilkerson tried to prevent rescuers from pulling the children out of the van.

(Photo courtesy of Volusia County jail)