Moorhead man gets probation in death of baby in hot minivan


A Moorhead man was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation for the death of his infant daughter after she was left in a minivan last summer, KFGO reports.

Andrew Sandstrom pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the June death of 5-month-old Christiana.

Sandstrom, 25, reportedly unloaded his five other children from the minivan in the June incident, but forgot about his daughter.

Police reports say Sandstrom was caring for Christiana and the siblings – all 7 years old and younger – while his wife, Shayna, was working, according to the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

Sandstrom also received a four-year suspended jail sentence in the case.

Clay County Attorney Brian Melton recommended the man serve a year in jail, KFGO says.

The Forum says that Melton pointed out in the case that before the child's death, there had been a string of police calls that claimed Sandstrom and his wife were neglecting their children.

"I came to the realization the only way I could do justice to, and honor my daughter, was to be a better father, to be the best father I could be," Sandstrom said through tears during sentencing, the Forum reports.

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