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Aaron Schaffhausen Jailed After Girls Thought To Be Daughters Amara, Sophie, Cea Found Dead At Home By Mother Jessica Schaffhausen

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St. Croix County Sheriff's Office
St. Croix County Sheriff's Office

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A father has been arrested after three young girls, believed to be his daughters, were found dead at home in a tiny western Wisconsin town.

Police said the house smelled of gas.

Authorities say the girls' mother, who was away, called River Falls police Tuesday afternoon and asked officers to check on the sisters because their father had called her and the conversation made her concerned for their safety. Court records show the couple was divorced last year.

Officers found the bodies of the children, ages 5 to 11, at their River Falls home. City administrator Scot Simpson said Wednesday the girls match the description of the couple's three children.

The 34-year-old father later turned himself in to police.

River Falls is about 30 miles east of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

UPDATE From HuffPost: The father has been identified by other news sources as Aaron Schaffhausen, his wife as Jessica Schaffhausen, and his daughters as Amara, Sophie, and Cea Schaffhausen.

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