Martinez in Court

A Brussels woman was in Door County circuit court Tuesday morning at an initial appearance in connection with the death of her eight month old daughter. A preliminary hearing for 33 year old Melissa Martinez was scheduled for Monday morning at 8AM. Martinez faces charges of negligent homicide & homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. She was arrested on October 19th after her daughter was found to be unresponsive in a heated vehicle that had been left running for a considerable period of time. The child was later pronounced dead at Ministry Door County Medical Center. Bail was set at $25,000 cash. It is anticipated that her defense counsel, Green Bay attorney Jeff Jazgar, will offer motions Monday before the preliminary hearing. The prelim could take one to two hours. Conviction on the charges, each a class D felony, could lead to a fine of $100,000 or 25 years in prison, or both.

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