'Original' Video of Van Driving Into Ocean Sought

Monday, May 5, 2014  |  Updated 1:29 PM EDT
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Family Rescued After Minivan Goes Into Ocean

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In this image made from video, lifeguards and bystanders rescue children from a minivan that their mother, 32-year-old Ebony Wilkerson, drove into the Atlantic, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The pregnant South Carolina woman who drove the minivan carrying her three young children into the ocean surf had talked about demons before leaving the house, according to her sister who worriedly called police, officials said during a news conference Wednesday.

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Family Rescued After Minivan Goes Into Ocean

A family from South Carolina is safe after their minivan became submerged in the Atlantic surf on Daytona Beach.
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The Public Defender's Office is seeking original video of a woman driving her minivan into the Atlantic Ocean off Daytona Beach with her children inside.

  The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that Ebony Wilkerson remains in the hospital. The North Charleston, South Carolina, woman faces three counts each of attempted second-degree murder and child abuse following the March incident.
 
Public Defender James Purdy says Wilkerson, who is eight months pregnant, was hospitalized after hitting herself in the stomach.
 
Purdy says he wants the "original" video of the ocean incident, taken by a man who was watching from the beach. David Smith of the state attorney's office says he'd be happy to share all the videos he has, but questions the meaning of "original" video in the age of ubiquitous cell phone footage.

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