DOOR COUNTY - New details have been released regarding the suspicious baby death in Door County.
The body of 8-month-old Elena Martinez was found late Wednesday afternoon in a running vehicle outside her mother's home.
Authorities now say the mother, 33-year-old Melissa Martinez, had a blood alcohol level of .20 more than four hours later.
Martinez remains behind bars on a $25,000 cash bond.
Police tape no longer blocks the scene, where a lifeless 8-month-old baby girl was found in Brussels just two days before.
"It appears the victim was left inside in an unattended vehicle for an extended period of time, while the vehicle was running," said Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel in a Friday morning news conference. "It is believed alcohol consumption by the mother is a contributing factor in the death of the child."
Investigators say Martinez told them she put the baby in the car in the morning.
"At the scene, the mother told first responders that she had put the child in the car and just went in for 15 minutes and then was going to her mothers," explained Door County District Attorney Ray Pelrine.
However in court, Pelrine said relatives indicated the child was in the home during the mid-morning hours.
Authorities say relatives called Martinez after she missed an appointment at 1 that afternoon.
Several unanswered phone calls later, the sister went to Martinez's home where she found the child in the car.
It's not known exactly how long the child was left in the car.
"Preliminary observations by the pathologist that did the autopsy says there appears to be no sign of infection, no sign disease, no trauma, and no other explanation of the child's death other than a child being left in an overheated car for several hours," Pelrine said in court.
Appearing by video, Martinez wiped away her tears during her bond hearing in Door County court. The district attorney has yet to file charges, but plans to soon.
"Most likely homicide in the form of neglecting a child which resulted in death as a consequence and in all probability, in addition to that, homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle," Pelrine said.
The family declined comment to FOX 11.
Pelrine said in court Martinez had a significant drinking problem, and she was working with the Door County Department of Social Services.
Martinez also has a two-year-old child. Officials say the toddler was not home at the time of the incident.
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