Judge reduces bond for mother who drove 3 kids into ocean

Published On: May 29 2014 07:14:37 AM EDT
Updated On: May 29 2014 02:38:53 PM EDT

Bond has been reduced for a woman accused of driving her children into the ocean off Daytona Beach.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

A Volusia County judge has reduced the bond of a South Carolina woman accused of driving her minivan into the Atlantic Ocean with her three children inside.
    
Judge Leah Case lowered Ebony Wilkerson's bond from $1.2 million to $90,000 Thursday after hearing testimony from a psychiatrist that she didn't believe Wilkerson was a danger to the community.

Wilkerson has been back in a Daytona Beach jail for a week since giving birth to her fourth child, a boy, on May 19. The baby's father, Lutful Ronjon, has returned to South Carolina with the child. Wilkerson's other children are being sheltered by the Florida Department of Children and Families.
    
If Wilkerson posts bond she must remain in Florida, have no contact with her children and take anti-psychotic medication.
    
Wilkerson testified Thursday that she would comply with all of those conditions. The public defender representing Wilkerson on three counts each of attempted murder and child abuse said the bond remains too high.

Wilkerson's been in custody since three days after driving into the ocean. Rescuers rushed to get the children out of the van.

Wilkerson is charged with three counts each of attempted murder and child abuse.

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