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Ebony Wilkerson, who drove her minivan, with her three children inside, through a Florida beach and into the ocean has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated child abuse. Source: Volusia County Corrections

Ebony Wilkerson, who drove her minivan, with her three children inside, through a Florida beach and into the ocean has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated child abuse. Source: Volusia County Corrections

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DAYTONA BEACH (CBSMiami/ AP) — Attorneys are arguing a pregnant woman who drove her minivan into the ocean with her children inside, had a mental disorder.

Attorneys say the mental disorder kept Ebony Wilkerson, 32, from knowing the difference between right and wrong at the time.

Defense attorneys for Wilkerson filed a motion of intent to use an insanity defense. Public Defender James Purdy told the Daytona Beach News-Journal  Monday that experts will testify that the 32-year-old from North Charleston, South Carolina, had a mental disease or defect in March, when she drove into the surf off Daytona Beach.

Purdy says the motion doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll use insanity as a defense, adding that not guilty remains the “number one” priority.

According to the motion, attorneys expect to prove Wilkerson had schizophrenia and a psychotic disorder.

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