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Playground in memory of 3 slain girls set to open

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A mother has gotten her first up-close look at a playground built in memory of her three young daughters killed by their father in northwestern Wisconsin in 2012.

The Leader-Telegram and KSTP-TV report the playground — built for Jessica Peterson’s daughters Amara, Sophie and Cecilia — is set to open Aug. 15 in River Falls. The universally accessible facility named the Tri-Angels Playground cost about $550,000, and Peterson says volunteers and donations made its construction possible.

Peterson says the playground has equipment specific to her daughters, including a microscope and slides that look like shoes.

The girls’ father, former construction worker Aaron Schaffhausen, is serving three life sentences for their deaths. Peterson has married again, and has a 15-month-old daughter named Trinity and a newborn son named Flint.

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