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Bail Set for Moorhead Father

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A judge has set bail for the Moorhead man whose baby girl died after being left in a hot minivan for four hours. 

An unconditional bond was set at $75,000 DOllars cash or bond for Andrew Sandstrom, or $4,000 dollars bond if he has no contact with children, and visitation with his kids must be set up with social services.

Police say Sandstrom found five-month-old Christiana Sandstrom unresponsive in the family's vehicle on June 11 after he fell asleep while watching the family's five other children.


The Moorhead father who left his infant in a hot van, has turned himself in to police. Andrew John Sandstrom, 24-years-old, of Moorhead turned himself into to Moorhead Police Thursday afternoon.

A complaint was filed June 18, 2013 by the Clay County Attorney's Office on Manslaughter 2nd Degree charges stemming from the June 11, 2013 death of his infant daughter after she was left unattended in a vehicle.

Sandstrom was not considered a flight risk and cooperated with law enforcement and was provided time to attend funeral and burial services.  He turned himself in at the Moorhead Police Department around 1:15 Thursday afternoon and is being held at the Clay County Jail pending a court appearance.


The Clay County Attorney's Office has filed a charge of Manslaughter second degree against Andrew John Sandstrom in the death of his daughter.

The attorney's office says the criminal complaint will provide the detail regarding the role that Mr. Sandstrom played in causing the death.

5-month-old Christiana Natany Sandstrom of Moorhead died after being left in a car for about four hours last Tuesday.

The call came in around 8:20 Tuesday night from 1103 19th Street South, after the father called 911. 

When authorities arrived, they say the baby's father was holding Christiana and trying to provide medical attention but she was not responding.

First responders say the girl had been moved to a nearby apartment and they took over CPR but it was too late and she was was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Christiana's body was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

Five other children, all under the age of seven were in the family's apartment when police arrived, they have been removed from the home. Officers say the home had "extreme filth and was unsafe for other children."

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