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A mother accused of driving drunk with four young children in her minivan is scheduled to go back to court in July.

Tonya Gillikin, 28, is charged with DWI and driving left of center after a wreck in Cape Carteret on April 3rd, along Highway 24 near Lejeune Road. That crash left two of her four children in critical condition.

District Attorney Scott Thomas said he did not anticipate any action in the case until later in the summer.


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A mom who is accused of driving drunk and causing an accident that critically injured two of her four children went before a judge for the first time today.

28-year-old Tonya Gillikin is charged with DWI, 2 counts of felony serious injury by a motor vehicle, reckless driving, unsafe tire, and a child safety violation, according to Cape Carteret police.

In court this morning, a district court judge modified her bond, limiting her travel to just a few surrounding counties and ordered she will have to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Gilliken told the judge that since getting out of jail she has been at Vidant Medical Center with her two injured children. One of those children has been moved from the intensive care unit, while the other remains there.

Police say Gillikin was driving drunk last Wednesday with her four children in her van when she flipped it, throwing one from the vehicle, and pinning another.


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A mother charged with DWI following a wreck that critically injured two of her four children last week, has bonded out of jail.

28-year-old Tonya Gillikin is also facing additional charges by Cape Carteret Police. Those charges are 2 counts of felony serious injury by a motor vehicle, reckless driving, unsafe tire, and a child safety violation, according to police.

Gillikin was released from jail this weekend on a $30,000 dollar secured bond. Her court date is set for Monday morning.

Police say Gillikin was driving drunk with her four children in her van when she flipped it, throwing one from the vehicle, and pinning another.


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Cape Carteret Police have released the mug shot of the mother charged with driving drunk with her four young children in her minivan this week. One child was pinned under her van.

This is the mug shot of 28-year-old Tonya Gillikin who is charged with a DWI and driving left of center after a wreck in Cape Carteret Wednesday night along Highway 24 near Lejeune Road that left two of her four children in critical condition. She is due in court May 29th.


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Police in Cape Carteret said two of four children remain in critical condition after a mother flipped her mini-van four times Wednesday night. That mother has now been charged with driving while impaired.

Police said Tonya Gillikin had her 33-year-old boyfriend, Nathan Henninger, plus her four children in her mini-van when she over-corrected along Highway 24 near Lejeune Road.

Police said the 28-year-old Gillikin flipped her van four times, which threw one of the children out of the van and pinned another underneath it.

Troopers, police, and good Samaritans helped push the van off one of the children.

Chief Don Miller now says the children are a one year old girl, a two year old boy, a three year old boy and a four year old girl.

Miller says the two oldest children were airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in critical condition.

Her other two children were taken to Carteret General Hospital for minor injuries.

Police said Henninger has been treated and released from the hospital.

Officers served Gilliken with a DWI warrants last night while they have a pending warrant for felony serious injury by vehicle. Miller says more charges against the woman are pending.

Miller says it was the worst accident he's seen a police chief in Cape Carteret.


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Cape Carteret Police say a mother is charged with drunk driving after she flipped her minivan with 4 children inside, and one child was ejected and pinned under the van.

Police say about 7:30 Wednesday night on Highway 24 at Lejeune Road in Cape Carteret in Carteret County, Tonya Gillikin believed to be from Swansboro, drove left of center, flipped several times, and hit a sign at the old Enchanted Spa where the van came to rest. Police say the woman had alcohol in her system and is charged with a DWI and felony serious injury by vehicle. They say her 2 and 4-year-old children and a 32 year old man were all airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with serious injuries. Gillikin was taken to Carteret General Hospital with 2 other children.


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