Mom accused of driving van with kids into ocean to remain in Volusia hospital

Published On: Mar 25 2014 07:40:52 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 25 2014 12:36:28 PM EDT

A pregnant South Carolina woman accused of driving her car into the ocean with her three children on board will be allowed to receive in-hospital psychiatric care until a doctor says she's fit to return to jail.


The woman accused of driving her van into the ocean off Daytona Beach with her three children on board will remain hospitalized under psychiatric care, a judge decided on Tuesday at a bond hearing.

Attorneys for both sides announced the agreement during a 10-minute hearing on 32-year-old Ebony Wilkerson's bond Tuesday in Daytona Beach. It was a continuation of a hearing that began last week. Judge Leah Case wanted to hear more testimony before making a decision.   Wilkerson will also receive prenatal care and be allowed supervised exercise time.

Wilkerson's defense attorneys also agreed to withdraw a request to reduce her $1.2 million bond on six felony charges -- including attempted murder. They can refile it later.

The judge said on Tuesday that if Wilkerson will be released from the hospital, the state must be notified within 24 hours.


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