UPDATE: Psychiatrist testifies Aaron Schaffhausen Is Not Insane

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 4/8 at 5:30 p.m.

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- A psychiatrist has testified that a man who admitted killing his three young daughters in western Wisconsin is not insane.

Dr. Ralph Baker testified for the prosecution Monday as the second week of Aaron Schaffhausen's insanity trial got underway.

Baker spent nearly four hours interviewing Schaffhausen. Baker told jurors he believes that Schaffhausen has major depression disorder but was not insane the day he killed 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia at their house in River Falls last July.

KARE-TV reports Baker says Schaffhausen told him what happened at the house was a "spur of the moment thing."

Schaffhausen told Baker he tried to help Cecilia find her shoes, and the next thing he knew, he had his hands on her neck and was strangling her.

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UPDATE: 4/8 at 1:49 p.m.

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — The parents of a man who has admitted killing his three young daughters testified about their son’s troubled childhood and mental health issues as the second week of his sanity trial got underway in western Wisconsin.

Roger Schaffhausen testified his son, Aaron Schaffhausen, was a rebellious and belligerent teen who had some “run-ins with the law.” The elder Schaffhausen says his son stole a gun, brought it to high school and was expelled.

Sue Schaffhausen testified Monday that her son became extremely depressed when he and his wife, Jessica, broke up. She also testified that mental illness was an issue for other members of her family.

Schaffhausen has pleaded guilty to killing 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia at their house in River Falls last July.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 4/8 at 9:13 a.m.

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- Security will be tighter at the St. Croix County courthouse where jurors will decide whether a North Dakota man was sane when he killed his three young daughters.

A co-worker of Aaron Schaffhausen has been arrested on possible charges of threatening a witness. Authorities say the arrest stemmed from an incident Friday, the same day there was a security issue at the St. Croix County Government Center.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram says employees and visitors will be screened Monday as they enter the courthouse. Schaffhausen's sanity trial is in its second week.

Schaffhausen has pleaded guilty to killing 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia at their house in River Falls last July.


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