Schaffhausen's ex-wife takes stand in insanity trial

8:08 PM, Apr 3, 2013   |    comments
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HUDSON, Wis. - On Day 2 of Aaron's Schaffhausen's insanity trial his ex-wife, Jessica Schaffhausen, took the stand.

The mother of Amara, Cecilia and Sophie cried when the defense showed her a photo of her daughters. Through tears Jessica uttered, "My babies."

Jessica told the court that she met Aaron at a coffee shop she worked at in college.

"When we first met, he was depressed and he came out of it and got very focused on school," she said.

But as their family grew, Aaron Schaffhausen became distant Jessica said.

"He was playing video games and he would be unkind if I tried to get him to interact with me or the kids," Jessica said.

Jesscia said she urged Aaron to see a doctor after he dropped out of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He started taking medications and got better, according to Jessica. But it didn't take long for him to fall back into old habits. Jessica said she was tired of it and told Aaron she wanted a divorce. That's when he became obsessive.

"He'd call my number 30 times in a row," Jessica said.

Aaron Schaffhausen did not look up at Jessica once during her testimony. However, when a three-hour video tape of his initial police interview was played for the jury he would occasionally glance up to watch.

The video showed a bewildered looking Schaffhausen sitting in silence as an officer repeatedly asked him, "What happened to the girls?"

Nearly two hours into the interview Schaffhausen finally breaks down as the officer talks about his daughters. The officer tells Schaffhausen he knows he loved his girls because he put them back in bed and covered them up. Schaffhausen breaks down and cries, but doesn't answer any questions. After three hours of questioning, Schaffhausen finally responded to the officer.

"I don't know what I want. I don't know what I need. I want my girls back. I want a lot of things. Can you give them to me? Then quit offering the world like you have," Schaffhausen told the officer in the video.

On Thursday, Jessica Schaffhausen is expected to continue her testimony.

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