Dr. Ralph Baker testifies during the Aaron Schaffhausen insanity trial on April 7, 2013
HUDSON, Wis. - A former psychiatrist and medical director for a Wisconsin mental institution testified in the Aaron Schaffhausen insanity trial Monday afternoon, telling jurors the defendant's version of what happened the day he murdered his three daughters.
Dr. Ralph Baker spent nearly four hours interviewing Schaffhausen on behalf of the prosecution. 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.
Baker says Schaffhausen told him what happened at the house was a "spur of the moment thing." The defendant says he arrived at his house, the babysitter was there and the kids were eager for him to come up stairs and look at their toys.
Schaffhausen told Baker that on July 10, 2012, he gave the girls money to put in their piggy bank and talked about going to the park by the river. Cecilia, however, could not find her shoes and Schaffhausen says he tried to help her find them. The next thing he knew, he had his hands on her neck and he was strangling her. Schaffhausen told Baker the other two kids entered the house, he heard Cecelia crying and realized she was not dead, so he went upstairs with a knife and killed her.
Schaffhausen told the doctor he was shocked and very upset to find so much blood on them and on the floor, and he began to try to clean everything up.
Earlier, Baker told the jury he found Schaffhausen intelligent and coherent during their three and a half hour interview.
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