He went from reporting on crime to being accused of one.
Somchai P. Lisaius, a former crime reporter at Tucson News Now, and his wife, Krystin Rae Lisaius, a former reporter at KGUN 9, have officially been indicted on charges of child abuse and drug possession.
According to the incident report, on May 16, 2016, an officer was called to the Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona after the hospital found traces of cocaine in the system of a four-month-old baby. The officer learned that Somchai and Krystin brought their baby in to the ER due to the baby being lethargic and not eating normally. They did not want the baby’s blood to be drawn and were being uncooperative. Sometime later, a urine analysis was done and cocaine was found in the baby’s system.
Officers executed a search warrant on Krystin and had her blood drawn for testing. At first both Somchai and Krystin denied any cocaine use, but eventually admitted to using cocaine while at their residence the night before. 12 hours after ingesting the cocaine, Krystin then went on to breastfeed her baby.
When conducting a search at the Lisaius home, police collected a clear baggie with a white substance in it, a Hilton Honors card with white residue on it, and four baggies with a marijuana leaf printed on them (two contained a white substance and two contained a white powder).
The couple were indicted on June 9 and have been released on bail. The official charges are child abuse with death or serious physical injury likely, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of drug paraphernalia – all felonies.
The baby is currently in the custody of the Arizona Department of Child Safety but is staying with Krystin’s mother.
The couple’s attorney had this to say to reporters:
“It would be a gross, gross injustice (with) even the mention of prison time,” said Michael Piccarreta, the couple’s attorney. “I anticipate they will demonstrate that they have learned a very hard, embarrassing lesson and that this will become a footnote in their life, not a chapter.”
These two are extremely lucky – regardless of their consequences, the outcome could have been much, much worse.