"Those injuries were not injuries suffered as a result of abuse," Stephanie said. "Those injuries were suffered during the course of an active and hardworking life.
"I don't understand the skepticism that I'm hearing about farming being dangerous. Is farming really this dangerous? Yes, as a matter of fact it is. It is. I think anyone who works on a farm and rides an ATV and takes part in all of these activities would not be the least bit surprised that I have bruises and bumps and injured hands."
One of her wrists is tattooed with a thick black band and a shoulder bears an intricate design. At the time, authorities said her wrists were covered in thick scar tissue. A reporter observed no scar tissue on her wrists Thursday.
Another issue involved her children. Stephanie and Peter have a 15-month-old son, whose name she asked not be printed, but lost a previous child to miscarriage.
Jacklyn Adkins, a worker at the crisis center, told Jackson sheriff's deputies that Stephanie told her that Peter once struck her in the stomach while she was pregnant, causing her to miscarry, and that their second child was delivered at home while Stephanie was bound in chains.
"My husband was not responsible for my son's death," she said. "Nor did I give birth to him at home."
"I don't really appreciate Jackson County, and through them the press, making an international mockery and scandal and crime of the most tragic event in my life, and equally I don't appreciate the mockery and criminal attachments to the most beautiful event in my life when my living son was born."
She said she lost the baby because of an ATV crash in 2009. She was seven months pregnant at the time and decided to ride the ATV out to water their animals. She was taken to a hospital by helicopter after crashing the ATV.
She gave birth to that child at the hospital but it didn't survive.
Peter dug their son's grave at the Lizon Family Cemetery, established on their property in the child's honor. It is where she and her husband will be buried, she said.
Their living son was born at home. Stephanie is a staunch supporter of unassisted home births and believes people should not go to doctors unless they are sick or in dire need of medical care.
When asked if her husband had ever abused her or harmed her in any way, Stephanie answered with an emphatic "No."
Peter has not been indicted on the malicious wounding charge.
Stephanie said she is planning civil lawsuits but would not specify against whom they would be filed.
She is speaking out because she is concerned about the way Peter was arrested and held without firsthand testimony from his supposed victim.
"If what they have that they call evidence is enough to do what they are already doing to my husband, then I don't think anyone is safe," Stephanie said. "If gossip and circumstantial evidence is enough to put someone in jail, and it's been two months now. Nobody knows what's going to happen to him.
"I think all citizens should take note of this. I think everyone at one point in their lives has been victimized by gossip."
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.