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Report: Charges reduced for minivan in ocean case

Report: Charges reduced for minivan in ocean case
Posted April 9th, 2014 @ 8:11am by (Ap, APNewsNow, Apr 9 2014)

From the Associated Press:

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - 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 on three counts each 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 that he plans to enter not guilty pleas at Wilkerson's arraignment Thursday. He says he believes the 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.

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