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Psychologist testifies on Schaffhausen's mental state

Hudson (WQOW) - The trial to determine Aaron Schaffhausen's mental state at the time he killed his three young daughters continued Tuesday in St. Croix County. The defense's mental expert took the stand.

He says Schaffhausen had an obsession with his ex-wife Jessica and thought of her not only as his wife but also as his mother. When asked by the defense if Schaffhausen suffered from a mental disease at the time of the crime, the psychologist said yes, he had severe mental depression and anxiety. He used four tests to evaluate Schaffhausen including a personality screening.

"His personality disorder, not otherwise specified by his prominent dependent and depressive traits. He also evidences obsessive thinking. Historically he evidences impulsivity," said Dr. John Reid Meloy, a psychologist for the defense.

On Monday Schaffhausen's parents testified that he struggled with mental illness his entire life.

The bodies of his three young daughters were found at their River Falls home last summer.

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