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Schaffhausen house to be razed, money used for playground

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The River Falls, Wis., house where a father last year killed his three young daughters will be torn down, and the property will be sold to benefit the creation of a memorial playground, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports.

Schaffhausen had at one time tried to sell the house from jail, but the girls' mother, Jessica, objected to him profiting from the sale.

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul obtained the property after it was the only bidder in a foreclosure sale earlier this year, and now credit union officials are working with the mother of the girls to sell the plot and donate the money to the creation of the park project, the newspaper reports. It's not yet known how much money the sale might raise.

“Our ultimate goal in this situation was to do the right thing," credit union spokeswoman Kate Lee told the newspaper.

Before it is razed, the house will be taken apart so that salvageable materials can be donated to the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity, the newspaper reports.

The girls' mother Jessica Schaffhausen, with the help of volunteers, aims to establish the Tri-Angels Playground in River Falls. Among the fundraisers for the event have been a 5K race and the auction of artwork by the girls.

She unveiled a proposed design last month, which can be found on the project's Facebook page.

Prosecutors say Aaron Schaffhausen killed his daughters as an act of revenge against his ex-wife Jessica. He mounted an insanity defense but was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Jessica Schaffhausen said in a interview that she is coping with the tragedy in part by focusing on the park project. Going to a nearby park was one of the girls' favorite things to do, she said.

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