Husband-and-wife reporters Somchai Lisaius and Krystin Sorich Lisaius are facing drug and child abuse charges after their 4-month-old daughter tested positive for cocaine, the Arizona Daily Star reported.
According to the Associated Press, the couple was indicted June 9 on charges of possession of a dangerous drug, drug paraphernalia and child abuse. All are felony counts. Both pleaded not guilty on Monday, June 27, and were released on their own recognizance.
The Tucson, Arizona–based couple both snorted cocaine while barbecuing with friends on May 14 in their Oro Valley home, according to the police report obtained by the newspaper. When Krystin, 26, breast-fed the baby 12 hours later, the infant became lethargic and was rushed to the Oro Valley hospital. The parents told doctors their child was “limp” and “ragdoll-like” and was “unable to wake up,” the police report stated.
Blood tests later showed that the baby girl had cocaine in her system, according to the police report. She has since been placed with her maternal grandmother, the Lisaiuses’ attorney Michael Piccarreta told the Arizona Daily Star. Piccarreta added that baby “was and is 100 percent healthy, and never was in any danger.”
“Hypothetically, if the child ingested cocaine through breast milk, then you gotta realize that there’s different understanding as to when a recreational drug will be out of your system,” Piccarreta told the Tucson News. “And if there’s a misjudgment as to how fast it’s out of your system, then it’s an error that has been learned. It won’t be repeated.”
Though Somchai, 42, initially denied he used cocaine, he later admitted he used the drug about “every six weeks or so,” according to the police report.
Somchai is a former crime reporter at Tucson News Now and Krystin is a former reporter at KGUN 9. They were married in Mexico in 2014.
According to KOLD-TV, Somachai was terminated from his employment.
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