Bond reduced for mother who drove van into ocean in Daytona Beach



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A judge reduced the bail amount Thursday for a mother accused of trying to kill her three children by driving into the ocean in Daytona Beach.

Attorneys for Ebony Wilkerson of North Charleston, South Carolina, were able to get her $1.2 million bail reduced.

A judge granted Wilkerson a $90,000 bail with conditions, including having no contact with children.

Her newborn child is in South Carolina with the father.

According to a motion, the father, Lutful Ronjon, has returned to South Carolina with the baby, who was born May 20. Wilkerson's other children are being sheltered by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Wilkerson was calm and poised as she took the stand and asked a judge to lower her bond.

She’s had months of counseling and medication.

Wilkerson’s psychiatrist said the mother is taking Haliparidol, an antipsychotic medication.

Wilkerson told the judge the medication is having a positive effect.

The psychiatrist said he believed Wilkerson would not harm herself or others, but stated he could not predict what she may do in the future.

“I feel like I’m back to my normal self and I’m feeling like my old self, like old Ebony, yes,” Wilkerson said in court.

Her stable mental health state played a key role in the judge’s decision to reduce her bond.

Wilkerson’s public defender said she can’t afford 10 percent of the new $90,000 bond, so she may not get out for some time.

Her husband said they want to be a family again, even though Wilkerson stood by her claim that he sexually assaulted her.

The prosecution played the video shot by tourists in court as Ebony looked on with a blank expressions.

When asked if she claimed it was an accident, she had trouble remembering.

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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