W.Va. woman denounces torture case against husband

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman whose husband is accused of torturing her for years says the charges are exaggerated and prosecutors are pushing the case over her objections.

Stephanie Lizon told The Associated Press on Friday that authorities threatened to take her 2-year-old son away if she didn’t cooperate. She said she and her husband, Peter Lizon, agreed to give permanent custody to her parents to prevent the state from taking him.

Jackson County Prosecutor Kenny Skeen did not return a telephone call requesting comment. A Department of Health and Human Resources spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an email.

Last July, Lizon fled from her husband. A criminal complaint said she claimed he abused her for years.

Peter Lizon was charged but hasn’t been indicted. Stephanie Lizon denied the allegations in court.

The AP obtained an interview with Lizon after her comments were first reported in The Charleston Gazette.

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