Police: Mother of slain Wisconsin children ‘hysterical’ in emergency call

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — 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 say he showed up July 10 at the River Falls, Wis., home where his ex-wife lived with his daughters, aged 11, 8 and 5.

Ailene Splittgerber testified at Aaron Schaffhausen’s preliminary hearing Tuesday in St. Croix County that she answered a call from Jessica Schaffhausen on July 10.

She says the woman was in tears and told her that her ex-husband had called her and said he had killed the children.

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Splittgerber says the call lasted about 40 minutes. She says 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.