3 Right now-- 32-year-old Ebony Wilkerson in jail .. facing three counts of attempted murder...one count for each child who was in the van with her ... the youngest was only 3. After announcing the charges .. Volusia County deputies also provided more details on what may have prompted Wilkerson to do what she did. Wilkerson drove to Daytona Beach from South Carolina. Channel 4's Hailey Winslow has been digging deeper into the woman's arrest and is joining us now with an update. Hailey? 3 3 Wilkerson filed a restraining order against her husband... and told investigators she was in abusive relationship and had come to Florida to get away from her husband ...The sheriff says the mother told investigators she was trying to drive OUT of the surf, but witnesses and her kids countered that claim ... 3 It's hard to watch waves crash over the minivan... knowing 3 young children are inside...trying to escape...at 27 and a half weeks pregnant, 32-year old Ebony Wilkerson 32-year old weeks pregnant, at 27 and a half escape...at 27 and a half weeks pregnant, 32-year old Ebony Wilkerson turned her van toward the Atlantic Ocean, with her 3, 9 and 10-year olds inside.... Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson says it doesn't surprise him ...but it greatly disappoints him... With the windows rolled up and doors locked, the sheriff says their mom told her children she was going to kill them... When people raced over to pull out the kids, Sheriff Johnson says she tried to fight them off... beach patrol got past her to the kids...here's Wilkerson walking away from the van... Jacksonville Attorney Rhonda Peoples-Waters says the mother is facing 20 years to life behind bars... The sheriff says one of Wilkerson's kids got a window down and was screaming out of it for help.A horrific experience the children were fortunate to survive but will have to live with for the rest of their lives... Sheriff Johnson says hours before she drove her kids into the ocean, Wilkerson had talked about demons to her sister in Daytona Beach...who called the police...Daytona Beach police stopped her and talked to her for a half hour ...the officers say she told them she was going to a shelter...and she and the kids didn't seem to be in a crisis... 3 Hailey...? Where are the children now, and what have you been able to learn about the mother's past? Tom, the children are in state custody. Wilkerson has had domestic issues in the past in SC and NY but the sheriff does not know of any other past mental problems.