Former Arizona TV Reporters Sentenced for Child Endangerment

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A couple who are former Tucson TV station reporters have landed in hot water after their new baby was found with cocaine in her system.

Krystin Rae Lisaius, 26, and her husband Somchai Lisaius, 42, were both sentenced on October 3 to a one-year probation term and suspended 30-day jail terms.   They could have received up to two years in prison, but got off lightly under a plea deal.

Their four-month-old baby girl was taken to the hospital on May 15 after they noticed she was limp and unresponsive, with her eyes rolling into the back of her head.

The couple were reportedly uncooperative when the baby was taken by ambulance to the hospital, and did not want her blood drawn.   A urine test found the baby had cocaine in her system – ingested through her mother’s breast milk.

To make matters worse, the mother continued to breast-feed the baby in the hospital, without telling the hospital staff that she had used cocaine the night before.

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Krystin Lisaius first denied using cocaine, then later admitted that she had snorted it with her husband and some friends the night before.   She thought if 12 hours had passed, her baby would not be harmed by it.

Her husband, Som Lisaius, who was a crime reporter at KOLD in Tucson, finally admitted that he used cocaine about every six weeks, and said his wife used cocaine since giving birth to their daughter.

The baby’s maternal grandmother is now caring for her, and the mother has 24-hour contact with the child at the grandmother’s house.    The father is only allowed to be with the baby 12 hours a day.

The Daily Mail reported that Som Lisaius has been terminated from KOLD-TV.   Krystin had worked for KGUN Channel 9 News.

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