Man Will Serve No Jail Time Following Hot Car Death of His Infant Daughter

| by Dominic Kelly

Despite pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the accidental death of his infant daughter, a North Dakota man will not have to spend any time in jail.

Andrew John Sandstrom pleaded guilty to the charge after accidentally leaving his infant daughter in a hot car outside of his apartment last June, and even though prosecutors sought for the man to spend a year in jail, Judge Steven Cahill disagreed.

"I don't know that the state needs to get its pound of flesh out of him when he was doing the best he could," said Judge Cahill. The judge made it clear that despite the fact that the baby died, Sandstrom made an honest mistake. The man has six children, so while he was trying to get all of them into the family’s apartment, he didn’t realize that he left his infant daughter in the car.

Although he won’t have to serve any jail time, Sandstrom was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation. Social services have already granted him permission to return home to his wife and remaining children.