Five Things To Know in Florida Dec. 12

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

JUDGE RULES MOM WHO DROVE KIDS INTO OCEAN WAS INSANE

A Florida judge has determined a South Carolina mother was insane when she drove her three children into the ocean off Daytona Beach earlier this year. Circuit Judge Leah Case ruled Friday that Ebony Wilkerson was not guilty by reason of insanity of three counts of child abuse. Prosecutors, in turn, dropped three attempted murder counts against her.

GIRL, 11, FOUND SAFE AFTER TRYING TO TAKE CAB TO JACKSONVILLE

Arkansas police say an 11-year-old girl paid a cabbie $1,300 to take her to meet a boy in Florida, but that authorities caught up with the runaway in Georgia after her parents reported her missing. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Friday that cellphone records show the girl hailed the cab Dec. 5 in Little Rock after talking to a 16-year-old Jacksonville, Florida, boy she met two years ago. The boy said he didn’t know the girl’s plans. Police say the girl stole $1,300 from her grandmother to pay the fare.

TENNESSEE TEEN GETS 10 YEARS FOR FATAL SPRING BREAK CRASH

A 19-year-old from Tennessee will spend at least 10 years in prison for a drunken spring break crash that killed another tourist in Panama City Beach. Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet sentenced Bruce George of Nolensville, Tennessee, to a little over 10 years after he pleaded no contest to DUI manslaughter charges on Thursday. He said George didn’t deserve treatment as a youthful offender.

JUDGE TO RULE ON ESP CLAIMS IN ADBUCTED GIRL CASE

Attorneys representing a man accused of abducting and killing a Jacksonville girl want the child’s mother to testify about previous statements that she is clairvoyant and foresaw her daughter’s death. Lawyers for 58-year-old Donald James Smith argue that jurors have a right to decide whether the mother might have taken steps to make her prophecy come true.

Cuba: Rappers targeted by USAID program ‘victims’

Cuban rappers targeted by a clandestine U.S. program are “victims” unknowingly swept into an effort to spark an anti-government youth movement, the Cuban government said Friday in its first reaction to an Associated Press investigation into the initiative. Meanwhile, rapper Aldo Rodriguez of Los Aldeanos responds to the charges from his new home in Tampa.

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