Three girls dead, father in jail

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By Karen Elizondo

A River Falls father was arrested on suspicion of homocide after his three daughters were found dead Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reported.

Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5, were found dead in their mother's home with the smell of gas filling the house, the Star Tribune reported.

The father, Aaron Schaffhausen, 34, turned himself in to the police at about 4:45 p.m., about an hour after the girls were found by the police. He is being held at St. Croix County Jail, the Star Tribune reported.

The girls' mother initially called the police with concern after their father, the mother's ex-husband, had made threats, reported the Star Tribune.

Both newspapers report that the mother is safe and is helping with the investigation.

According to the Pioneer Press, the couple filed for divorce August 2011 and was granted in January along with joint legal custody of the girls and "primary placement with their mother in River Falls."

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