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.


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.