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Neighbors Say Justice is Served After Baby was Left in Car

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A week ago, a father of six in Moorhead left his five-month-old daughter in their van for hours leading to her death.

It was first called accidental, but today, the father, Andrew Sandstrom, was charged with manslaughter.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman met with those in the neighborhood tonight, who say they've been waiting for justice to be served.

For a week this neighborhood has been mourning the loss of one child, questions taking her place.

"That kind of brings a lot more to light," Nancy Howe, a neighbor to the Sandstroms, said as she learned of the charge filed. "Like I knew there was something else going on but what it was, you never know."

Howe lives across from the Sandstroms and says she couldn't reason what lead to the death of the family's baby girl.

"There's got to be something more than he just left the kid in the car, because I know it's been done but still...."

Now the Clay County Attorney has an answer, saying Sandstrom neglected proper care for his kids.

"The evidence was clear that he failed to do that when he left his child in the van for a four hour period and caused the death of that child," Brian Melton, Clay County Attorney, said.

A complaint filed with Clay County District Court shows Andrew Sandstrom admitted to feeling dizzy after spending the day with his kids in the sun, not hydrating them properly and forgetting his daughter while he napped for hours.

"I mean, he did do it, it's just so obvious that he did do it, but it's just so tragic for the family," Howe said.

"It's clearly a tragic event that happened, but he's responsible for the events that occurred and responsible for the death of the child," Melton said.

Sandstrom will face one count of second degree manslaughter, but some neighbors say the right thing had to be done.

"It's not just a total accident," Howe said. "When things like that happen somebody has to be accountable for it."

Prosecutors will wait until after the child's funeral, which is set for Wednesday, before asking Sandstrom to turn himself in on that warrant.

They say they want to be respectful of his right to mourn the loss of his daughter.

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