CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Child Protective Services has taken the infant daughter of Stephanie and Peter Lizon from their Jackson County home, the couple said.
Bozena Lizon was removed a little more than two weeks after the domestic battery and malicious wounding charges against her father Peter Lizon, 39, were dismissed. It also was three weeks to the day of her birth in the small Leroy area home the couple now share after their original residence burned to the ground while they were in jail.
Stephanie Lizon, 43, was rushing around Thursday afternoon to gather baby items to take to the Department of Health and Human Resources office in Ripley. She also pumped breast milk to take to the office for her daughter, who she says has never had a baby bottle or baby formula in her short life.
But it was too late. When she and her husband Peter arrived at the office all the workers had gone.
Stephanie said the CPS workers lied to her and her husband.
"They lied when they told us over the phone they were going to give us a positive review," Stephanie said. "They confessed while they were here that they lied to keep us from moving out of state with our daughter and that they never intended to give us our son back."
She had been breastfeeding the infant when Child Protective Services workers arrived at her home with Jackson sheriff's deputies. Peter was in an outbuilding cooking lunch for them when authorities arrived.
She said Peter told the authorities that she was inside nursing but that they couldn't wait and insisted that she come outside. Bozena still was nursing when she was taken out of her mother's arms, an emotional Stephanie said.
They came without warning and told the couple initially that they were doing a "family functioning assessment" as part of a routine procedure for the transfer of custody of their son, 2-year-old Mojmir.
The state now has custody of both Mojmir and Bozena. Mojmir had been living with Stephanie's parents in northern Virginia but she said her parents brought the boy back to Jackson County last week and turned him over to the state, she said.
"My son is somewhere in the system I don't know where and now so is my daughter," Stephanie said. "The danger they claim they're in is because we don't appreciate the government's involvement in our lives. We wouldn't comply, therefore they have to, by default, take our children."
She has been searching for a family law attorney for about a year to take their case with no luck. She is hoping that someone will be willing to fight for their family.
The couple made international headlines last year when Peter Lizon, a native of Slovakia, was arrested after allegations were raised that he'd physically abused and held his wife Stephanie captive in their home for more than a decade. Stephanie repeatedly denied those allegations in court and in the media.
They were ordered to live apart when Peter was released on bond and allowed to return to their home. Stephanie took Mojmir to her parents' Alexandria, Va., area home for a time but moved back in with him in December.