Family member warned police about mom who drove into ocean with kids

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A pregnant mother of three is undergoing evaluation after driving into the ocean in Daytona beach with her children Tuesday evening.

Authorities say they have yet to decide whether charges will be filed.

Lifeguards and bystanders were shocked when the woman abruptly turned and headed toward the Atlantic Ocean.

They chased after the vehicle as it went deeper into the water.

The mother was already out of the van by the time they made it to the vehicle.  Officials said she made no attempt to get her children out of the van and was almost pushed under it by the waves.

Authorities also said she did not "respond appropriately" when questioned.

The children, ages 3, 9 and 10, were not harmed.

At a Wednesday news conference, authorities said police were contacted by a family member several hours before the incident.  The family member expressed concern for the mother's well-being.

Officers made contact with the woman, but determined she was stable enough that she could not be taken into custody under the Baker Act.  The woman told them she was getting ready to go to a shelter for women.

The incident two hours later was captured on video by a Canadian tourist.

The children were turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Families.   

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