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Lender asks for foreclosure on house where children died

The River Falls house in which a man allegedly killed his three young daughters last summer is in foreclosure.

Last week, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul began foreclosure proceedings against Aaron Schaffhausen, Minot, N.D., now in the St. Croix County Jail.

According to the foreclosure complaint, Schaffhausen borrowed $170,153 on April 30, 2012, for a mortgage on the house at 2790 Morningside Ave., River Falls.

He took out a 30-year loan, agreeing to make monthly payments of $812 starting June 1.

The complaint says Schaffhausen didn't make the Aug. 1 payment or any of the payments due since then and now owes $172,359.

Schaffhausen is accused of killing his daughters, Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5, on July 10.

Earlier this month, Servpro of the Saint Croix Valley, 3450 Yoerg Drive, Hudson, a cleaning and restoration company, placed a $4,005 lien on the house for labor furnished late in July.

According to earlier press reports, Schaffhausen's family had listed the house for sale until the Realtor dropped the listing after the girls' mother pleaded with the company to cancel it so that Aaron Schaffhausen wouldn't benefit financially from selling the house.

The four-bedroom, 2,320 square foot house had been listed for $229,000.

The Schaffhausens shared the home before their divorce proceedings began in August 2011.

After their separation, he moved to North Dakota, and the mother stayed in the house with the children.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.