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 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.