Father who left infant in hot minivan pleads guilty in deal


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.

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