Jun 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) _ A Minnesota man accused in the death of his infant daughter in a hot minivan has turned himself in to police.
Twenty-four-year-old Andrew Sandstrom of Moorhead was charged this week with one count of second-degree manslaughter.
Police say Sandstrom was not considered a flight risk. He has cooperated with investigators and was given time to attend his daughter's burial and funeral services.
5-month-old Christiana Natany Sandstrom died after she was left in her car seat in the van for about four hours on June 11. Temperatures were reported to be about 80 degrees when reportedly Sandstrom forgot about the infant while unloading five other young children out of the vehicle.
When police arrived at the apartment they say there was a strong odor of rotting food and human waste. Investigators found overflowing yrash cans and a toilet that wouldn't flush. A report shows "a pattern" of Sandstrom failing to properly care for his children, and records indicate that police were involved with child care issues with the family at least three times since 2010.
The five surviving children are now in the custody of social services.
Sandstrom turned himself in to Moorhead police Thursday and is in jail pending a court appearance.
Temp: 51°F (11°C)
Wind: 6 N
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