Mom who drove kids into ocean denied visitation _ for now

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Posted: May 16, 2016 1:19 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge says a South Carolina mother who drove her three young children into the Daytona Beach surf can't yet visit them.

Volusia County Judge Leah Case said Monday that while she agrees Ebony Wilkerson is ready to see her children, she won't grant her visitation request until a solid plan is in place.

Local media outlets are reporting the judge wants a licensed professional to oversee the reunion. The judge asked the defense lawyers to select someone.

Wilkerson has been receiving mental health treatment since she drove her minivan into the ocean in March 2014. Beachgoers rescued the family as waves crashed against the vehicle.

Wilkerson is at a treatment facility in Lake Wales. The children are with their father.