Moorhead father faces manslaughter charges in the death of his daughterFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A Moorhead father tonight faces manslaughter charges in the death of his 5 month old daughter who died after being left in a hot van.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A Moorhead father tonight faces manslaughter charges in the death of his 5 month old daughter who died after being left in a hot van.
Prosecutors today charged 24 year old Andrew Sandstrom with 2nd degree manslaughter.
The criminal complaint shows after spending the day at the park on June 11th, Sandstrom and his six children went home to their apartment.
Sandstrom forgot Christiana, who was asleep in her car seat.
After a 4 hour nap, he called police after discovering his daughter still in the vehicle, unresponsive.
This wasn't the first time police have been called to the Sandstrom residence. According to the criminal complaint since 2010 they have been called there three times for neglect, child endangerment and a welfare check.
The first call came in September of 2010 - the complaint states two children without supervision were outside in the rain without jackets. When Police made contact with Sandstrom - he had Been napping.
In the winter of 2011 - a teacher at the school reported three of the children had not been at school for a week so Police made a welfare check. In November of 2012 Police were once again called because of inadequate supervision.
The last call to the residence would be made June 11th - when baby Christiana Sandstrom was pronounced dead.
Brian Melton- Clay County Attorney: "You can see from the complaint he basically took a four hour nap while his four children were out and about including the 5 month old child who was left in the van."
Clay County Attorney Brian Melton says Sandstrom was charged Manslaughter instead of murder because they don't believe Christiana's death was intentional.
Melton: "In child neglect basically meaning that you're failing to provide appropriate supervision or care for your child when you're able to do so."
At this time Sandstrom is not in custody. Melton is hopeful Sandstrom will turn himself in tomorrow following his daughter's funeral, if not he will be arrested.
Clay County Social Services has temporary custody of the other five Sandstrom Children.
Officers found rotting food all over the apartment - debris and garbage covering the children's bedrooms and a toilet filled with feces that didn't flush.