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Arizona Reporters Charged With Child Drug Abuse

| by Karin Sun
Som and Krystin Lisaius Som and Krystin Lisaius

A Tucson, Arizona, couple has been arraigned on drug and child abuse charges after their 4-month-old baby reportedly tested positive for cocaine.

Som and Krystin Lisaius, both of whom were formerly employed as reporters at local television news stations in Tucson, have been charged following a police investigation into a drug incident earlier in 2016, Tucson.com reported.

On May 14, the couple had a house party during which they both allegedly consumed cocaine. The next morning, Krystin breastfed the couple's 4-month-old child. When the baby became lethargic, the couple took their child to Oro Valley Hospital and later to Banner University Medical Center, where the infant tested positive for cocaine.

According to a police report, the couple admitted to officers that they had both used cocaine, Tucson.com reported. A search of their home turned up 1.8 grams of the illegal drug.

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Som and Krystin were each indicted June 9 on one count of child abuse to a person under the age of 18 years resulting in death or injury, a Class 3 felony; one count of possession of a narcotic drug, a Class 4 felony; and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class 6 felony.

They both entered not guilty pleas during their arraignment June 27 and were released on their own recognizance. Their next court hearing is scheduled for July 28.

The baby is now in the custody of the Department of Child Safety and has reportedly been placed with a relative, according to the Associated Press.

The Lisaiuses both formerly worked as television reporters for Tucson's local news stations. Som, 42, was a longtime news and crime reporter for Tucson News Now, while 26-year-old Krystin worked as a reporter for KGUN-TV for less than a year in 2014, according to the AP. Neither of them are currently employed at these stations. 

Sources: Tucson.com, AP via Fox 10 / Photo Credit: Fox 10

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