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Arson charge filed against Schaffhausen

A man charged with killing his three daughters at his ex-wife's home in River Falls is now accused of trying to burn that house down.

An attempted arson charge was filed this week in St. Croix County against Aaron Schaffhausen, 35.

Prosecutors said an investigator smelled gas at the home when investigating the murders and found that a gasoline container was tipped over.

Schaffhausen has been ordered to stand trial on three homicide charges in the slashing deaths of Cecilia Schaffhausen, age 5; Sophie, 9; and Amara, 11. He's scheduled to enter pleas to those charges next Tuesday.

Authorities said Schaffhausen had divorced his wife in January, Aaron moved to Minot, N.D., and his ex-wife agreed to let him to see the children alone on July 10. Their bodies were found in the home later that day.

A motive for the slayings has not been disclosed. Schaffhausen remains jailed in Hudson under a $2 million bond.