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Moorhead Man Pleads Guilty in Child's Death

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A Moorhead man is admitting responsibility for the death of his baby in a hot car this summer.

Andrew Sandstrom pleaded guilty on Friday morning to second degree manslaughter for the death of 5-month-old Christina.  He forgot the child inside the family's van for several hours on an 80-degree day.

The Clay County attorney will ask for a one-year jail term instead of prison time, so Sandstrom can be let on for work release.

"Typically with an individual with a manslaughter 2nd degree he'd look at 48 months in prison. We're recommending the departure of one year local jail time. But he's free to argue something less than that. The court will have to figure out what's the best solution," explains Clay County attorney Brian Melton.

Sandstrom will be sentenced December 13.


A Moorhead man charged in the death of his infant daughter is scheduled to plead guilty Friday morning.

Andrew Sandstrom was charged with manslaughter after leaving his 5-month-old daughter Christiana inside the family's van for several hours back on June 11th.

Sandstrom told police he forgot about the infant while unloading five other young children out of the vehicle, then fell asleep.  Temperatures that day topped 80 degrees.  He first pleaded not guilty to the charges, but reached a deal with prosecutors in October.

Clay County Attorney Brian Melton says Andrew Sandstrom will take responsibility for causing the death of his daughter.

Instead of seeking prison time, the prosecutor says he will recommend that Sandstrom get a one-year jail term and be allowed work release.

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