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Moorhead infant’s death remains under investigation

MOORHEAD — The father of a 5-month-old girl who died Tuesday night after being left in a van was taking care of five other children under the age of 7, police said.

Andrew Sandstrom dropped his wife off at work Tuesday afternoon and shortly after returned to the family’s Moorhead apartment with the children. Christiana Sandstrom was left strapped in her car seat in the family’s van with the windows closed, and temperatures that afternoon were around 80 degrees.

About four hours later, at 8:22 p.m., Sandstrom found his daughter and called 911.

But it was too late, according to Moorhead police, who said the girl was pronounced dead after officers and other emergency workers were unable to revive her.

Police believe the death was an accident, but an investigation is ongoing, said Lt. Tory Jacobson. Once the investigation is complete, police will forward reports to Clay County prosecutors to review.

The infant was taken to Ramsey County for an autopsy, according to a shift summary report released by Moorhead police.

The family’s other five children were in foster care Wednesday after police removed them from the apartment. The shift summary described the apartment as having “extreme filth” that was “unsafe for the other children.”

Jacobson declined to discuss details, other than to say Clay County Social Services was addressing whatever issues needed attention.

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