Ex-reporters get probation, no jail time for child drug case

ORO VALLEY, AZ (KOLD/WCMH) — Two former Arizona TV reporters whose baby tested positive for cocaine were sentenced on Monday. The pair received probation, but no jail time, on child endangerment charges.

Somchai P. Lisaius and Krystin Rae Lisaius were indicted on child abuse and drug possession back in June when their child tested positive for cocaine. The pair pleaded guilty to child endangerment at the end of August and the abuse and possession charges were dropped. Each received 30 days in jail and one year of probation, but the jail sentence was suspended.

Krystin told the police that she thought the cocaine she had used had already left her system before she breastfed her baby, some 12 hours after using it, according to police reports.

Somchai Lisaius told the court that he and his wife accept full responsibility.

“Your honor, I just want to apologize for putting us, for putting our family in this terrible position,” he said. “I know we made a mistake and I know that we are the ones solely responsible. We learned the greatest lesson of our life, and I assure you from the bottom of my heart, this will never ever repeat.”

The Lisaius’ lawyer told the court that the pediatrician found the baby suffered no injuries and is meeting developmental standards.

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