A South Florida mother accused of trying to kill her two children by driving her car into Biscayne Bay was sentenced to 14 months in state prison with all credit for time served and almost a year in jail with special conditions.
Shirley Jean, 28, who has been in custody for 14 months since the June 2011 incident, essentially got credit for time served.
Jean was also sentenced to 364 days in the Miami-Dade County Jail with a provision that she waive the 14 months she has already been in custody. Her sentence will be mitigated to 10 years probation as soon as a bed becomes available in a locked residential medical treatment facility.
The conditions of her sentences are that she must enter a locked residential treatment center for mental illness and must follow all medical and treatment recommendations. She must also not have any contact with her children.
"This Court, therefore concludes that specialized treatment of Ms. Jeans' mental disorder is required. Because Ms. Jean presents a constellation of medical problems with multiple special treatment needs that consist of a rare form of sickle cell disease, diabetes, epilepsy along with a multitude of other medical problems," the order said.
Jean faced two counts of premeditated attempted murder after she drove her car off the Julia Tuttle Expressway. Her 7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son were in the vehicle, Miami Beach Police said.
The two children were pulled to shore by a witness and two other men.