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SC woman who drove into ocean gets bail reduction

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A judge has reduced the bond of a South Carolina woman accused of driving her minivan into the Atlantic Ocean with her three children inside.

Attorneys for Ebony Wilkerson of North Charleston, South Carolina, asked Thursday to either have her released on her own recognizance or get her $1.2 million bail reduced.

Judge Leah Case lowered Wilkerson's bond from $1.2 million to $90,000 after hearing testimony from a psychiatrist that she didn't believe Wilkerson was a danger to the community.

She has been back in a Daytona Beach jail for a week since giving birth to her fourth child, a boy, on May 19.

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.

Meanwhile, her newborn child is in South Carolina with the father.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1wqs93z ) reports that a motion says the father, Lutful Ronjon, has returned to South Carolina with the baby. Wilkerson's other children are being sheltered by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

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.

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

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