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Electronic monitoring for mom charged in Cape Carteret DWI crash

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Four children under the age of five sent to the hospital. One of them is still in critical condition.

Police say it all happened because an eastern North Carolina woman got behind the wheel under the influence.

On Monday, Tonya Gillikin faced a judge.

The 27-year old mother is charged with two felony charges of using her car to cause serious injury.     

During her appearance Gillikin kept her head down and her scratched up arms crossed.

The DA said he suspects Gillikin was impaired by alcohol and prescription drugs at the time of the crash, but he is still waiting on blood test results.

As of Monday, Gillikin is subject to electronic monitoring and she cannot travel outside of Onslow, Craven, Jones, Carteret or Pitt counties without court permission. She's also banned from driving.

Betty Sampson had mixed emotions sitting next to Gillikin in the courtroom.

"It was awkward because part of me my heart goes out to her children and her, because I know she's facing jail time, but the other part of me thinks she shouldn't have gotten behind that wheel with her children," said Betty Sampson.

Gillikin's next court appearance is scheduled for May 10th.

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Two young children remain in critical condition after their mother crashed their van and police believe alcohol was a factor.

Tonya Gillikin is facing several charges including DWI.

Cape Carteret Police say she flipped her minivan several times near Highway 24 and Lejeune Road in Cape Carteret.

Gillikin's four children ranging in age from 15-months to three were in the van at the time. One of the kids we're told was ejected and trapped underneath the car.

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The Cape Carteret Police Department says a car crash sent four children under the age of five  and an adult male to the hospital around 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

Police say Tonya Gillikin was driving a 2001 Dodge Caravan when she apparently drove left of center, hit a curb, and the car flipped several times near the intersection of Highway 24 and Lejeune Rd.

Police Chief Miller tells us a 5-year-old girl, 3-year-old boy, and a male passenger, 32-year-old Nathan Henninger, were airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Police said early Thursday morning the children were listed in critical condition. Henninger was treated and released from Vidant.

Chief Miller says the other two children, a 15-month-old girl and 2-year-old boy were taken to Carteret General Hospital. They were listed in stable condition Wednesday night. 

Police say one of kids was ejected and trapped underneath the car. Highway Patrol, Cape Carteret Police, and pedestrians had to lift the car to rescue the child.

Police believe alcohol was a factor in this accident. Tonya Gillikin is facing several charges including driving while impaired.

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