Daytona Beach News Journal

Published: Apr 09, 2014 6:21 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 09, 2014 7:52 AM EDT

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 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 (http://bit.ly/1qi1UIs ) 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.
    
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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

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