Two former Arizona television reporters were sentenced to one year of probation Monday on child endangerment charges filed after their infant daughter was found to have cocaine in her system.
Somchai Lisaius and Krystin Lisaius, both former TV journalists with Tucson stations, received a 30-day suspended jail sentence and 12 months of probation.
They were indicted on child abuse and drug possession charges in June. Authorities said the couple’s 4-month-old baby had ingested cocaine through her mother’s breast milk.
Both pleaded guilty in August to child endangerment under a plea agreement that dropped the drug and abuse charges. The mother also was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service. Her husband was ordered to perform 100 hours.
The child is in good condition and suffered no damage from the drug, a pediatrician told the court Monday. The baby is currently in the custody of a grandmother.
The couple took the infant to a hospital in May, saying she wouldn’t eat and was lethargic, police said. According to a police report, the parents refused to let hospital staff draw blood from their child and were uncooperative.
The baby was transferred to another facility, where the infant’s urine showed traces of the drug.
The parents later admitted to snorting cocaine at a party at their home the night before, police. The mother said she thought her milk was safe because 12 hours had passed before she fed her baby.