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Published April 08, 2013, 04:22 PM

Doctor: Schaffhausen was depressed, not insane

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A psychiatrist has testified that a man who traveled by train from North Dakota to kill his three daughters in western Wisconsin was depressed but not insane when he stabbed the girls.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A psychiatrist has testified that a man who traveled by train from North Dakota to kill his three daughters in western Wisconsin was depressed but not insane when he stabbed the girls.

Psychiatrist Ralph Baker testified Monday in Aaron Schaffhausen's insanity trial. Schaffhausen is accused of killing 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia by stabbing them before tucking them into bed.

KARE-TV reports that Baker described the slayings as a "spur of the moment type thing." Baker told the jury he found Schaffhausen to be intelligent and coherent during their interview.

Schaffhausen has pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the slayings. Prosecutors say he killed the girls to take revenge on his ex-wife. After he and his wife divorced, Schaffhausen went to Minot, N.D., to work in construction.

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