Two TV Reporters Charged With Child Abuse After 4-Month-Old Daughter Tests Positive for Cocaine in Tucson

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Two Arizona television personalities face multiple charges after their baby became ill and eventually tested positive for cocaine, according to police.

Somchai Lisaius, 42, and his wife, 26-year-old Krystin Lisaius, are accused of snorting cocaine during a May 14 gathering at their home in Oro Valley, according to a police document obtained by the Arizona Daily Star.

After breastfeeding the next morning, the couple’s 4-month-old baby’s condition appeared to worsen — the baby’s “eyes were rolling” and she became “limp” and “wabbly,” according to the Tucson Weekly.

The couple refused to allow hospital staff to test the child’s blood, and were again uncooperative after the child was rushed to the Diamond Children’s Hospital, according to the online outlet.

After the Office of Child Welfare Investigations and Department of Child Safety got involved, a blood and urinalysis were performed on the child and mother — both tested positive, according to police. Krystin Lisaius told authorities she thought the baby wouldn’t be affected as long as she waited at least 12 hours to breast feed.

Both parents face charges of possession of a dangerous drug, drug paraphernalia and child abuse.

Somchai Lisaius, has been fired from his job as a crime reporter with KOLD-TV, the station where he met his wife, sources told Tucson Weekly. Krystin Lisaius, who reported for KGUN, met Somchai at KOLD as an intern.

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