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Why would someone kill his daughters?

That's not a simple question to answer, but it is on the minds of many as details emerge in the case of a father who has been charged in the deaths of his three young girls. WCCO examines what might have motivated the killing.
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In the wake of the killing of three girls in River Falls, Wis., and charges brought against their father, WCCO aims to tackle the question: Why would a man kill his own children?

Jessica Schaffhausen, the mother of the three slain girls, provided a statement to city officials on Thursday, saying "Our family deeply appreciates the outpouring of support and love shown to honor the girls' memory," the Pioneer Press reports.

Grisly details continue to emerge about the crime, the Star Tribune and Fox 9 report:

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