Ex-Arizona TV reporters face drug, child abuse charges after cocaine found in infant's system

These undated photos show Somchai (left) and Krystin Lisaius

These undated photos show Somchai (left) and Krystin Lisaius  (TucsonNewsNow.com)

Two former Tucson TV reporters pleaded not guilty this week to drug and child abuse charges after tests revealed the presence of cocaine in their 4-month-old's system. 

Krystin Lisaius, 26, and husband Somchai Lisaius, 42, were indicted June 9 on charges of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse.

Oro Valley Police Lt. Kara Riley told the Associated Press the baby was taken to the hospital on May 15 after being breastfed and appearing to be in distress.

KOLD-TV, citing a police report, reported that the couple complained the baby was lethargic and not eating normally. After refusing to allow a blood test, the couple brought the child to a second hospital. Again they refused a blood test, but a urine analysis revealed the presence of cocaine in the baby's system.

According to the police report, the couple admitted to using cocaine at a party the night before. Krystin Lisaius also admitted that she had breastfed the child the next morning because she didn't think he would be affected by the drug. 

Somchai Lisaius had worked for KOLD, but the station confirmed to the Associated Press that he no longer works there. Krystin Lisaius had worked for KGUN-TV, but her employement status was unclear.

The child is in custody of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, but is staying with the baby's maternal grandmother. Krystin Lisaius has been granted constant contact with the child while Somchai Lisaius is allowed to see the child 12 hours per day.

The couple are next due to appear in court on July 28. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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