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Minn. man pleads not guilty in baby's death in van

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) -- A Moorhead man has pleaded not guilty in the death of his infant daughter who was left in a hot minivan for several hours last month.

Twenty-four-year-old Andrew Sandstrom pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree manslaughter.

Sandstrom's attorney entered the plea for the father during a hearing. The Forum reports Sandstrom was present, along with his wife, but he didn't speak.

Police say 5-month-old Christiana Sandstrom died after she was left in her car seat in the van for about four hours on June 11th. Temperatures were reported to be about 80 degrees.

Police say Sandstrom forgot about the infant while unloading five other young children out of the vehicle.

The other children are in foster care. Sandstrom is out on bail. His trial is set for October 8th.

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