5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 24

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

MOM WHO DROVE KIDS INTO OCEAN TO BE HOSPITILIZED

A South Carolina mother who drove her three children into the ocean off Daytona Beach should be involuntarily hospitalized for mental health treatment, a Florida judge ruled Tuesday. Ebony Wilkerson, 33, is incompetent and in need of further psychiatric help, Circuit Judge Leah Case said while reading her decision in a Daytona Beach courtroom.

SATANIC DISPLAY AT FLORIDA CAPITOL DAMAGED

Authorities say a woman is in custody after a Satanic Temple holiday display at the Florida Capitol was damaged. Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Samantha Andrews said Tuesday the woman is facing charges. The woman’s name wasn’t immediately released. The display shows an angel falling into a pit of fire. “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple,” it says. It went up Monday.

4 DEAD AFTER CAR CRASHES INTO RETENTION POND

Authorities say two adults and two children were found dead inside a car after it was pulled from a central Florida retention pond. Kissimmee police say officers responded to the pond Tuesday afternoon, following 911 calls reporting a car going off the road. The pond is located near the Valencia College campus in Osceola County.

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR SLAIN TARPON SPRINGS OFFICER

Memorial services for a Tarpon Springs police officer who was fatally shot while on duty have been scheduled. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that services for Charles Kondek will be held in Hillsborough County on Saturday. Kondek was gunned down on Sunday after responding to a noise complaint outside a small apartment building. Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 23-year-old Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. in connection with the killing.

OFFICIALS: BOY DIED OF RARE FLU COMPLICATIONS

Health officials have confirmed an 11-year-old Florida boy has died of rare complications from the flu. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Tony Garcia died Dec. 17, more than a month after he was diagnosed with Influenza A.

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