"I doubt most couples would accept an order from a county court to have no contact with each other."
Stephanie said she moved back to the farm with their son in December. The couple, who have been together 13 years and married 11, did not want to live apart any longer, she said.
"We were not willing to not live as a family," she said. "We were planning on having another child. I'm in my 40s. I don't have time to wait for Jackson County to tell me I'm allowed to have another baby."
She said Peter, a native of Slovakia who emigrated to the United States more than 20 years ago, is a wonderful father and she cherished the time she and their son got to spend with him over the winter. They lived together until the arrest.
The home they built together burned to the ground two days after they were arrested, something she said never would have happened had they been home. A day after the fire, Jackson deputies arrested Christopher Michael Hill, 32; Colena Kay Martin, 50; and her son, Daniel Martin, 34. All three were charged with first-degree arson.
Stephanie said the three had been caring for their animals last summer while she was away and Peter was in jail, but she suspected them when her home was burglarized that fall.
Her mother-in-law told her over the phone about the fire.
"I became hysterical," Stephanie said. "I cried. The first thing I thought of were my baby's footprints."
They had saved footprints, a lock of hair and pictures of their first child, but those were lost in the fire along with family photos, heirlooms and other precious items, she said.
Those were the only items they had to remember the child. Stephanie said the child was stillborn at a hospital after she had an accident on an all-terrain vehicle and was airlifted out of the woods.
She saw the burned-out shell of her home that evening on the television news.
And now they wait.
She said they're not afraid of indictment or trial but are concerned because trials take a lot of time and money. They've been advised to get through the criminal issues before trying to get their son back, she said, although she is starting the process of petitioning for guardianship anyway without a lawyer.
Despite that and everything else, she said if things go their way - meaning the charges against her husband are dismissed and they are granted custody of their son - they plan on staying at their farm in Jackson County.
"I want my son back and my life back and my family back," she said.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.