Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

May 1, 2013

Couple in W.Va. torture case accused of taking son

CHARLESTON —  A West Virginia woman and the husband accused of chaining and torturing her for years were behind bars Wednesday on charges they violated a custody order for their 2-year-old son.

Stephanie Lizon, 43, and Peter Lizon, 39, were being held at the South Central Regional Jail. Her bond is $50,000. His is set at $5,000.

Media outlets say the couple was arrested after authorities found their son at their Jackson County farm.

Stephanie Lizon had moved to Alexandria, Va., with her parents after her husband’s arrest on a malicious wounding charge last summer. Her parents won custody of her son in December, but authorities say she recently took the boy from them.

Stephanie Lizon is charged with child concealment; her husband is charged with obstruction for allegedly lying about his wife and son’s whereabouts.

Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Herb Faber said Stephanie Lizon’s parents were concerned because they had been unable to contact their daughter. The attorney for Thomas and Kathleen Hofeller of Alexandria, Va., told authorities they did not want the boy near his father.

A criminal complaint says Peter Lizon denied his wife and son were present when deputies questioned him, but they heard the boy crying and found them both in a bedroom. The boy will be reunited with his grandparents.

Last July, Peter Lizon was charged with malicious wounding when his wife told another woman that she had been held captive and tortured for 10 years years.

But in a courtroom later, Stephanie Lizon denied she’d been abused, offering different explanations for injuries ranging from frying pan burns on her breast and back to bruised ribcage and a swollen foot.

She said the burns occurred during an accidental collision during an argument over breakfast. She blamed other injuries on a goat, a stumble and a piece of heavy equipment.

A domestic violence shelter manager, however, said Stephanie Lizon told her the injuries were all deliberately inflicted. Investigators had 45 photographs of the burns, scars and other injuries that were documented during her two-day stay at a shelter.

Peter Lizon has yet to be indicted in that case.


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