Conviction upheld in baby’s death

Melissa Martinez
Melissa Martinez

A state appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a Door County woman for the death of her child.

Melissa Martinez was sentenced to three years in prison after leaving her 8-month-old daughter inside a running, heated SUV for hours.  Prosecutors say when the baby was found, Martinez had a blood alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit to drive. She was convicted of child neglect causing death.

An appeals court confirmed the conviction Tuesday, according to online court records.

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