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Mom of 3 slain Wis. girls testifies in ex's trial

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- The mother of three girls who were slain by their father says her ex-husband was taking medication for depression and seemed to be getting better in 2011.

Aaron Schaffhausen has pleaded guilty in the murders of 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. But he claims he was not responsible due to mental illness. The trial in St. Croix County will determine his sanity.

While testifying Wednesday, Jessica Schaffhausen cried when shown a photograph of the girls. According to KSTP-TV (http://bit.ly/16wgsdG), she testified that after their divorce, Aaron Schaffhausen sometimes called her 30 times in a row.

Earlier Wednesday, jurors watched an interview of Aaron Schaffhausen recorded the day of the murders. In the video, he can be seen crying. At one point he says: "I want my girls back."


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