VIDEO: Pregnant woman drives van full of children into ocean waves

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A woman in Florida is being held for mental observation after witnesses say she drove her van into the waters off Daytona Beach with her three children inside.

CNN affiliate WESH reports that witnesses saw the pregnant woman make a hard turn toward the ocean. They also say they could see and hear the children crying out for help.

“I saw a little kid in the back, waving his arms around, screaming ‘Help, help us,’ and then the car kept going deeper and that’s when I saw a guy from the beach run over, next to the car and take out two small children and then walk ’em back. And another guy ran out and brought a little toddler out of the car, actually and brought them back up on the beach,” said a witness Taylor Quintin.

A spokesman for the county says the children were taken to the hospital and are OK. They are now with the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The agency says they will place the children with their family after a background check is done.

Authorities are investigating.

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