Infant positive for cocaine, TV reporters indicted with child abuse

Infant positive for cocaine, TV reporters indicted with child abuse

Two former TV personalities based in Tucson, Arizona were indicted last June 9 for possession of a dangerous drug, drug paraphernalia and child abuse after their 4-month old baby was tested positive for cocaine in her system.

Krystin Rae Lisaius and Somchai P. Lisaius were reported to be partying with friends in their Oro Valley home where they snorted cocaine. Somchai confirmed this later in the investigation and said this wasn’t the first time they had used the drug.

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Police reports say the couple snort cocaine at least once every six weeks.

The baby was rushed to the Oro Valley hospital the next morning after the gathering where Krystin Lisaius complained that the infant was lethargic and wobbly. The baby was then transported to the Banner University Medical Center.

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Both parents initially rejected a blood test that was requested of them; neither did they alert hospital staffs about the fact that they had used cocaine the previous night. They just remained mum on the matter and appeared to have no intention of giving relevant details of their drug ingestion.

Upon the insistence of the Office of Child Welfare Investigations and Department of Child Safety, doctors were finally able to take urine tests on the infant. Toxicology results showed the presence of the banned substance.

Police searched the couple’s home and found drug paraphernalia and two bags with traces of cocaine. Both later admitted drug use, but Krystin said she waited for 12 hours before breastfeeding her child, thinking her system was cleared of the substance. She even continued to breastfeed her baby in the hospital believing she was no longer exposed to it.

They both pleaded “not guilty” upon arraignment.

Somchai Lisaius was a crime reporter at KOLD-TV, while Krystin Lisaius was a reporter for KGUN-TV. Both were reportedly fired after the incident.

The baby was released from Banner hospital and is now under the care and supervision of the Department of Child Safety.

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