Bond lowered for mother accused of driving kids into ocean off Daytona Beach
Ebony Wilkerson charged with 3 counts of attempted murder
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A woman accused of driving her children into the ocean off Daytona Beach took the stand before her bond was reduced from $1.2 million to $90,000.
A court hearing was held Thursday for Ebony Wilkerson, of North Charleston, South Carolina, who's charged with three counts of attempted murder in the March incident.
If she posts bond, the judge said she would not be allowed to leave Volusia County, must have pretrial services supervision, no contact with children, required to see a psychiatrist and submit to blood and urine tests to ensure that she's taking her medications.
Wilkerson's psychiatrist, Jeffry Dansinger, testified that Wilkerson is no longer a danger to herself and others and no longer has religious delusions.
Dansinger also talked about Wilkerson's history of mental delusions and hearing voices in her head.
"She alleged that she had been a victim of domestic violence and she presented at that time believing that people had done voodoo on her that her spouse could control her body and mind," Dansinger said, adding that she thought her TV was sending her messages
He said Wilkerson is on anti-psychotic medications and needs to continue to take them if she is released.
On the stand, Wilkerson said she stands by her allegations that her husband touched her child inappropriately, but she said she still thinks he is a proper caretaker for her newborn.
"I feel way better," she told a judge. "I feel like my more normal self."
Meanwhile, her newborn is now with the child's father. Lutful Ronjon said on Thursday he has custody of the baby boy, who was born May 20.
Ronjon said she should be able to be released and has saved $21,000 for bond money.
"She is a great mother, she is a good wife and she is a good woman," Ronjon said, adding that Wilkerson told police he was mentally and physically abusive because she was unstable.
Wilkerson's other children are being sheltered by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Rescuers rushed to get the children out of the van.
Wilkerson's been in custody since three days after driving into the ocean.
She is charged with three counts each of attempted murder and child abuse.
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