STURGEON BAY - A Door County woman is headed to trial in connection with the death of her baby daughter.
Melissa Martinez, 33, of Brussels, waived her right to a preliminary hearing in court Thursday. Martinez faces charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and child neglect resulting in death. The charges stem from the Oct. 19 death of her eight-month-old daughter Elena, who was found unresponsive in her mother's running car while Melissa Martinez was found inside her home, drunk.
Doctors said the child died of hyperthermia. Her body temperature was measured at 108 degrees.
According to police, four hours after the child was found, Martinez still had a blood-alcohol concentration almost three times the legal driving limit for. According to prosecutors, Martinez told police she hadn't drunk anything that day and only left Elena in the vehicle for 15 minutes while she got ready to go to her grandmother's house Wednesday evening. However, later, she told police she had put Elena in the car earlier Wednesday morning. Authorities say Martinez had no explanation for the 10-hour gap.
In court Thursday, the judge agreed to change her $25,000 cash bond as long as she is in inpatient treatment for her alcohol use. She will also be allowed supervised visits with her other daughter.
Martinez is due back in court Dec. 12.
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