April 16, 2014 9:19 pm -

The mother of three teenagers was charged with attempted murder and endangering the welfare of children.

Joann Smith, 49, is accused of driving the minivan off a boat ramp in Florence, about 18 miles south of Trenton, New Jersey, according to authorities.

Smith and her three children, ages 13, 14 and 15, escaped from what authorities described as the partially submerged vehicle with the help of an area man, who was not identified.

They all made it to shore safely, with one child suffering a cut leg, authorities said.

“The investigation revealed that the van accelerated and headed directly into the water,” according to a statement from the Burlington County, New Jersey prosecutor’s office.

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