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Published June 12, 2013, 05:04 PM

Police waiting to possibly file charges in Moorhead baby death

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Police say the father of the baby who died in a hot vehicle in Moorhead yesterday was taking care of five other children under the age of seven at the time.

By: WDAY, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Police say the father of the baby who died in a hot vehicle in Moorhead yesterday was taking care of five other children under the age of seven at the time.

The victim, five-month-old Christiana Sandstrom, died strapped into her car seat in a hot van. It happened at 1103 19th Street South Tuesday night. Police found the father 24-year-old Andrew Sandstrom holding the child. Emergency crews tried to revive the baby - but were unsuccessful.

The other children in the apartment were taken into custody of social services. Police say the children and parents needed to be separated during the investigation, and to provide emotional support.

Lt. Tory Jacobson, Moorhead Police Department: “It's very tragic, you know, clearly even though they are young, they realized what was happening with the medical emergency there for their little sister and I can’t even explain how tragic it would be to see what's taking place there, and the need for the investigator to talk with the parents, you know, we contact social services and the children were removed.”

It's not clear how long the five children will be in the care of social services. Police are treating the case as an accidental death.

They'll wait until the investigation is over until deciding whether any charges will be filed.

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