Doctor: Mom who drove into ocean still unstable

AP News
Posted: Dec 16, 2014 3:27 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A psychologist hired by prosecutors says the mother who drove her three children into the ocean off Daytona Beach, Florida, needs to be hospitalized so that she can get a handle on her mental illness.

Dr. William Meadows' testimony on Tuesday contradicted that of a defense psychiatrist who said earlier in the day that Ebony Wilkerson's mental illness appeared to be in remission.

Meadows says Wilkerson has shown an unwillingness to admit she has mental illness. He also says what happened last March was similar to a 2005 episode when Wilkerson was hearing voices to kill her family and herself.

Circuit Judge Leah Case ruled last week that Wilkerson was not guilty by reason of insanity of child abuse, and prosecutors dropped attempted murder charges.

The judge must now determine whether Wilkerson should be forcibly hospitalized.