North Dakota man charged with murder of his three daughters

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The North Dakota man accused of killing his three daughters was formally charged with their murder Thursday, said The Associated Press.

The father, 34-year-old Aaron Schaffhausen, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder Thursday by St. Croix County prosecutors. His bail was also set at $2 million by Circuit Judge Howard W. Cameron, said the Star Tribune.

The girls, 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia were found in their beds with their throats slashed Tuesday at their River Falls, Wis. home after a visit with their father, said the Star Tribune.

Jessica Schaffhausen, mother of the slain girls and ex-wife to Aaron Schaffhausen, told police that he called her and said, "You can come home now because I killed the kids," according to the AP.

St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson called the case "by far, the worst case" he has seen in his 30 years of prosecuting. "It's impossible to keep emotions out of it," he said, according to the Star Tribune.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 24, said the Star Tribune.


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