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This news has been out for a couple of days. Pretty sad.

(CBS/AP) LEROY, W.Va. - West Virginia authorities arrested Peter Lizon, 37, on accusations that he kept his 43-year-old wife, Stephanie Lizon, captive and tortured for the better part of the decade, including leaving her shackled during childbirth.

Peter remains in jail on $300,000 bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday on a malicious wounding charge, authorities said.

Investigators said they have 45 photographs showing burns on Stephanie's back and breasts from irons and frying pans, and scars on her wrists and ankles.

"This appears to go beyond abuse to what I would consider torture," Jackson County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Tony Boggs said Wednesday. Boggs said investigations are continuing.

Peter's attorney Shawn Bayliss said the allegations are "the fabrication of a fertile imagination or a feeble mind, one of the two."

"The alleged victim didn't make these accusations. It was a third party," Bayliss said. "Stephanie would say this story is absolutely untrue, and the charges levied against her husband are blatantly false."

On July 2, Stephanie fled to Parkersburg, about 50 miles north from her home in Leroy. Her husband was inside Bosley Rental & Supply returning a rototiller when she entered another part of the building and told the staff, "I'm trying to get away from my husband. I just need to hide for a few minutes," an employee told The Associated Press, requesting anonymity.

In an office, the wife "seemed pretty calm but kept looking out the window to see if he was looking for her," the employee said.

Stephanie told the staff she didn't want to involve police, but she accepted the number for the domestic violence shelter and called it, the employee said. She also called family to ask for money, and the employees gave her cash and called a cab to take her to a Western Union office and the shelter.

The woman was limping and had appeared to have some sort of injury, the employee said. And while her clothing was clean, she smelled bad. The husband did not come inside looking for his wife and police didn't come until several days later.

Stephanie told another woman at the shelter about the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her husband, according to the criminal complaint.

The criminal complaint said a witness at the Parkersburg shelter described Stephanie Lizon as "gaunt and filthy," and covered in scars, bruises and burns. She had "mutilated and swollen" feet, a scar in the shape of a clothes iron on one breast, and burns on her back that the victim said came from a hot frying pan.

Stephanie said her husband had smashed her foot with a piece of farm equipment, among other things. She was also called a "slave" and ordered to kneel before her husband every time she entered a room. She said she had delivered a fully developed, stillborn child while in shackles, and her husband buried the corpse on their farm.

Another child survived a similar delivery, but Stephanie Lizon said the child had never received medical attention. Boggs said state child-welfare authorities have been notified, but Bayliss said the 1-year-old boy remains with his mother.

The complaint said investigators confirmed that the wife was treated in the emergency room of St. Joseph's Hospital in June and that photographs were taken at the shelter to document her injuries. A Sunbeam iron was among the items seized during a July 5 search of the couple's home. Lizon was arrested that day.

But Bayliss compared the charges to the childhood game of "telephone," where something whispered from one person to another ultimately bears no resemblance to reality.

"This is a situation where a person has taken a nugget of information, taken an acorn and tried to turn it into a tree," he said. "And the tree won't support this story."

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Jul 12 @ 6:58PM  
Wow...the defendant's attorney claiming the allegations "are the fabrication of a fertile imagination or a feeble mine, one or the other." That is really going out on a limb when reading further on this woman's condition and those scars. I know, in this country we are innocent until proven guilty, but, that is a lot of evidence against this lawyers client. And to call the alleged victim "feeble minded"....isn't going to help his client's case.

That is a sad story...and really sad that another person can treat someone like that.

Jul 12 @ 9:29PM  
I know, in this country we are innocent until proven guilty

Not as far as the IRS is concerned!


Jul 13 @ 9:15PM  
somnium your a JACK ASS what the fuck does the IRS have to do with this HORROR story.. This sends shiver down my spine like the way every day Women are losing more and more rights in this country equating females here with those in many Muslem controlled countries.. Freak Scary...

Jul 13 @ 11:19PM  
Already that idiot wife is now claiming that he didn't harm her at all, and that the injuries were substained from accidents. She's also stating that everything she told others about what's been going on with her for these 10 years is false. Women like her are rotten! Try to get someone the help they need and they end up lying to save her good for nothing husband.

I guess her running away from him and seeking help is just a lie too.

The authorities need to scan over their property to find that baby's body that died for starters. If they find the body, then that opens up more of an investigation on determining whether they want to go further on building a case. If if they do, and the grand jury indicts him, her being his wife, she doesn't have to testify against him.

Jul 14 @ 11:43AM  
she is not rotten she is living in an unsafe world Stockhome syndrome is a part of it also abuse which over years is systematic will wear one down to belief that there is no hope and that this is to be expected behavior towards one. She expects to be degraded she may have experianced this growing up on some level and he knows what buttons to push. Her physical scars show the path she has been down no one has this many accidents none of which were addressed at the hospital or with a doctor. She is scared he is mad and he is going to stalk her and run her down to kill her, she feels that if she takes on the story that she is a lier that he will be less abusive and not kill her or perhaps she is fearfilled that he will kill the child he has shown that he has no regard for human life. The best thing that could happen to this woman is a bullet in that fuckers head and her commitment to insensive therapy. I feel for the kid most as there is no choice there and the kid needs to be relocated.

Jul 14 @ 11:57AM  
Stockhome syndrome
I remember when this stockhome syndrome was brought to the forefront with Patty Hearst almost 40 years ago.

Jul 14 @ 3:37PM  
somnium your a JACK ASS what the fuck does the IRS have to do with this HORROR story..

Ohhh nothing... except that the statement I put in quotation in my previous comment, is not necessarily true, if you would have bothered to take the time to relate the quote to my comment, you might have caught on and since you didn't take the time and you apparently consider yourself "free" of making out of context remarks, while at the same time, pointing that out to others in a derogatory manner, I can only conclude that you should... SHUT THE FUCK UP and move on!!!

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