A Jackson County man has been accused of keeping his wife captive and abusing her for the past decade.
Peter Lizon, of Miller Hollow Road, Leroy, was charged with malicious wounding of his wife, Stephanie, according to the criminal complaint.
Jackson County officials learned that Stephanie Lizon had stayed at the Family Crisis Intervention Center in Parkersburg in June. Investigators interviewed a woman who was familiar with the case. They learned that when Stephanie Lizon came to the shelter, she was "gaunt and filthy."
While at the shelter, Stephanie Lizon told Jacklyn Adkins that her husband had kept her chained with metal padlocks and chains for about 10 years, according to the complaint. Adkins reported that she saw scars on her ankles and wrists, the complaint states. She described Stephanie Lizon's feet as mutilated and swollen. One foot had been injured when her husband crushed it with a bucket attachment on a farm tractor, the complaint states.
Lizon further told Adkins that her husband referred to her as his slave and she had to kneel down before him when he entered the room, the complaint states.
Other injuries Adkins said she observed included burns on her back and breasts and bruising all over her body.
Lizon also told Adkins that her husband once struck her in the stomach while pregnant, causing a miscarriage, the complaint states. She also said that her 1-year-old son was delivered by her husband while she was chained to a bed.
On July 2, Jackson County investigators obtained a search warrant in Wood County for all Family Crisis Center records about Stephanie Lizon. After further investigation, deputies obtained a search warrant for the Lizon home on July 5.
Peter Lizon is in the South Central Regional Jail. His bail amount is set at $300,000.