Skip to main content

Father who left infant in hot minivan pleads guilty in deal

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The Moorhead father charged in the death of his infant daughter after leaving her in a hot minivan for about four hours in June will not serve jail time.

The Fargo Forum reports Andrew Sandstrom, 24, pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree manslaughter in a plea deal with Clay County prosecutors.

Sandstrom enter a not guilty plea in July.

It was an 80-degree day on June 11 when Sandstrom was caring for six children, ages 7 and younger. He had just returned to the family apartment after dropping his wife off at work. He thought he had unloaded all the kids, but forgot to remove 5-month-old Christiana from the van.

After going inside the apartment, Sandstrom said he fell asleep, the Forum reported.

Four hours later, when he realized what had happened, Sandstrom called 911.

The other children are currently in foster care.

Next Up

Wayzata High School

Niche rankings identify best Minnesota schools, districts

Eden Prairie has schools ranked in both the private and public categories.


Walker, The Current announce end of Rock the Garden festival

The Walker Art Center and Minnesota Public Radio announced the festival will retire so the organizations can dream up new events.

Screen Shot 2022-09-28 at 9.05.52 AM

Able Seedhouse + Brewery in NE Minneapolis to close

The brewery and its onsite food truck, Animales Burger Co., will both be open for their last day on Saturday.

Lake Minnetonka

Police investigate spate of car break-ins on south Lake Minnetonka shore

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department received reports that cars in Shorewood and Excelsior were broken into Tuesday morning.


1 dead, 3 injured in crash involving tractor and SUV

The man driving the tractor was killed in the crash.

University of minnesota sign

U of M gives some students 50% off meals for September after complaints

Students have complained about an array of issues surrounding dining halls.


Gallery: Sprawling estate near Superior National Forest listed for $2.9M

The property has been in the same family for over 60 years.

Screen Shot 2022-09-27 at 2.51.49 PM

Surgery clinic proposed to replace 111-year-old farmhouse in Eagan

A developer is proposing to transform the remnant farm property.

Hurricane Ian

Why Hurricane Ian could be catastrophic in Florida

Hurricanes are the atmosphere’s biggest show of force and energy, and Hurricane Ian is no exception.


Suspect arrested after man and dog shot on St. Paul's East Side

The shooting happened around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.


Bemidji police appeal to find missing teenager

Tahlia Poitra was last seen Wednesday.