W.Va. Man Accused of Enslaving, Torturing Wife

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By VICKI SMITH, Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man tortured his wife and kept her in chains for a decade, treating her as his slave.

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A criminal complaint says the 43-year-old victim was burned on her back and breasts with irons and frying pans, and her foot was smashed under farm equipment. She also allegedly delivered a stillborn child while in chains. Another infant survived.

Thirty-seven-year-old Peter Lizon of Leroy was in jail on $300,000 bond Wednesday. He was scheduled to appear in court on a malicious wounding charge Friday.

Jackson County Chief Deputy Tony Boggs says the victim has endured more torture than virtually any domestic violence victim he's ever seen.

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Lizon's attorney wasn't immediately available for comment. He told WSAZ-TV the allegations are false.

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