Psychiatrist: Man who killed daughters not insane

CREATED Apr. 8, 2013

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HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- A psychiatrist has testified that a man who admitted killing his three young daughters in western Wisconsin is not insane.

Dr. Ralph Baker testified for the prosecution Monday as the second week of Aaron Schaffhausen's insanity trial got underway.

Baker spent nearly four hours interviewing Schaffhausen. Baker told jurors he believes that Schaffhausen has major depression disorder but was not insane the day he killed 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia at their house in River Falls last July.

KARE-TV reports Baker says Schaffhausen told him what happened at the house was a "spur of the moment thing."

Schaffhausen told Baker he tried to help Cecilia find her shoes, and the next thing he knew, he had his hands on her neck and was strangling her.