North Dakota man bound over for trial in daughters’ deaths

Aaron Schaffhausen will be tried on three counts of first-degree intentional homicide

A judge has ordered a North Dakota construction worker accused of killing his three young daughters to stand trial in Wisconsin.

St. Croix County Circuit Judge Scott Needham says prosecutors presented enough evidence during a preliminary hearing Tuesday to try Aaron Schaffhausen on three counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Investigators said he showed up July 10 at the River Falls, Wis. home where his ex-wife lived with his daughters, while she was out, and slit the girls’ throats.

Police said they received a hysterical call from Jessica Schaffhausen, who said her ex-husband told her he had killed their daughters and that she could come home.

Ailene Splittgerber testified at Aaron Schaffhausen’s preliminary hearing in St. Croix County that she answered the call from Schaffhausen’s wife.

Splittgerber says the call lasted about 40 minutes and said Jessica Schaffhausen was crying and hysterical the entire time.

Aaron Schaffhausen is being held on a $2 million cash bond. His arraignment has been set for Aug. 28.

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