Friday, October 21, 2011

33-year-old Brussels Woman Arrested After Toddler Found Dead In Vehicle With Heater On

Melissa Martinez

Infant dressed in Winter clothing was left in a running vehicle with the heater on for hours, a preliminary criminal complaint stated.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 21, 2011

Brussels - On Friday, Door County Judge D. Todd Ehlers in Wisconsin set a $25,000 cash bail for Melissa Martinez, 33, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the death of her 8-month-old daughter. Martinez is accused of leaving her daughter, Elena Martinez dressed in Winter clothing in a car seat inside a running sport utility vehicle (SUV) for hours with the heater on.
The SUV was parked outside Martinez's rented mobile home while she was inside. She tested .20 blood alcohol content, two and a half percent more than the legal limit, according to police.
Martinez is facing homicide charges, including neglect and under the influence causing death.
The body of Elena was discovered around 5:00 p.m. without a pulse inside the SUV at the 9600 block of School Road, what police say was so over heated registering high temperatures inside the vehicle, according to the preliminary criminal complaint.
Elena was taken to the Ministry Door County Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 6:09 p.m.
Martinez is expected back in court on October 31.

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