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Report: Charges reduced for minivan in ocean case


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - 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 Ebony Wilkerson, 32, on three counts each of 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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