Minnesota News Roundup: Son of accused Nazi denies allegations
MINNEAPOLIS -- An Associated Press report identified a Minneapolis man as the commander of a Nazi-led military unit from World War II, and 94-year-old Michael Karkoc's son Andrij has made a statement denying the allegations, saying, "My father was never a Nazi." The A-P alleges that Michael Karcoc was a top commander for the Nazi-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion during World War II. The unit is accused of burning villages, massacring civilians, including women and children, and suppressing the 1944 Warsaw Uprising which was intended to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany. When Michael Karcoc immigrated to the U.S. in 1949, he told immigration officials that he never served in the military. If he is found guilty of lying on his paperwork he could be deported, but that's a process that will likely take years. Polish and German authorities have also stepped into the investigation.
A judge here ruled Friday that the siblings of a 5-month-old girl who died after she was left alone for hours in a van Tuesday should be placed in foster care.
Responding to a 911 call from Andrew Sandstrom, the infant girl's father, Moorhead police found Christiana Sandstrom dead about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in a van with the windows and doors closed at the family's home.
Police have said the girl was accidentally left in the van, but the investigation is ongoing.
The five other children in the home - three boys ages 6, 5, and 1½ along with two girls ages 7 and 3 - were taken from the home Tuesday night and placed on a temporary basis with their maternal grandmother.
County social workers on Thursday filed a petition to put the children in foster care, citing filthy conditions in the home and a toilet that hadn't been working for some time.
In a hearing on the child protection petition Friday in Clay County District Court, Judge Michelle Lawson ordered that the children be placed in foster care. The grandmother does not live in the area, isn't licensed as a foster home and doesn't plan to seek a license.
The Sandstroms will need to complete a case plan set by social workers to get custody of their children.