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Martinez's attorney enters not guilty plea in infant death

Melissa Martinez
Melissa Martinez

STURGEON BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Not guilty pleas have been entered for a Door County woman accused of killing her baby daughter by leaving her in an overheated SUV for several hours.

33-year-old Melissa Martinez of Brussels stood mute Monday, while her lawyer entered her pleas to fatal child neglect, and 2 counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

A judge will consider pre-trial requests on April 9th.

Authorities said 8-month-old Elena Martinez died last October after she was left for hours in an SUV that was running in front of her mother's mobile home. The baby died from environmental hypothermia.

Officials said Martinez is now living at a halfway house following inpatient treatment for alcohol abuse.