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Charges Reduced for Mom Who Drove Kids Into Ocean

Charges reduced from attempted first-degree murder to attempted second-degree murder

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    NBC 6 South Florida
    Ebony Wilkerson, 32

    Prosecutors in Daytona Beach say they've filed attempted second-degree murder and child abuse charges against a pregnant South Carolina woman who drove a minivan carrying her three small children into the Atlantic surf.

      Volusia County Sheriff's deputies initially arrested 32-year-old Ebony Wilkerson of North Charleston, S.C., on three counts of attempted first-degree murder and child abuse charges following the March 4 incident.
     
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports prosecutors wouldn't say why charges were reduced.
     
    Public Defender James Purdy said in a statement he plans to enter not guilty pleas at Wilkerson's arraignment Thursday. He says he believes evidence will show Wilkerson never intended to harm the children -- ages 3, 9 and 10 -- or herself.
     
    Beachgoers helped pull the screaming children and Wilkerson from the surf that day.

    Attempted Murder Charges for Mom Who Drove Into Ocean

    [MI] Attempted Murder Charges for Mom Who Drove Into Ocean
    A pregnant South Carolina woman who drove a minivan carrying her three young children into the ocean surf off Florida faces attempted murder and other charges Friday, with authorities saying the children were screaming to bystanders that she was trying to kill them. NBC 6 anchor Trina Robinson has the story. (Published Friday, Mar 7, 2014)