She Was Arrested For Breastfeeding Baby With Cocaine In Her

July 8, 2016
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A husband and wife from Tucson, Arizona, are facing charges after their 4-month-old baby was found to have cocaine in her system.

Som and Krystin Lisaius — who both happen to be former TV news reporters — are now facing three counts each of child-abuse and drug charges, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

On May 14, the couple had both snorted cocaine in her home while barbecuing with friends. Krystin breastfed her daughter 12 hours later, thinking the drug was out of her system. But shortly afterward, the baby girl became limp, lethargic and her eyes rolled back in her head. The worried parents rushed her to an Ora Valley hospital.

Later, blood tests revealed the baby girl did indeed have cocaine in her system, according to a police report. The infant has placed with her maternal grandmother, the Lisaiuses’ attorney Michael Piccarreta told the Arizona Daily Star. Piccarreta also commented the baby “was and is 100 percent healthy, and never was in any danger.”

“Hypothetically, if the child ingested cocaine through breast milk, then you gotta realize that there’s different understanding as to when a recreational drug will be out of your system,”

Piccarreta told the Tucson News. “And if there’s a misjudgment as to how fast it’s out of your system, then it’s an error that has been learned. It won’t be repeated.”

According to La Leche League International (LLLI,) it can take a relatively long time for recreational drugs to completely leave a nursing mother’s system.

“Recreational drugs pass into the milk and can be dangerous to your baby,” according to an informational LLLI pamphlet. “Depending on the drug, it may take quite a long time for it to pass out of the milk and your system. During this time, you may not be alert enough to care for your baby. For these reasons, it’s best not to use recreational drugs while you’re breastfeeding or caring for children.”

Drugs like alcohol, caffeine and nicotine also enter a mother’s milk supply, although at a small fraction of what the nursing mom intakes.

In fact, most breastfeeding moms can safely drink in moderation, according to LLLI. Alcohol passes out of the milk just as it passes out of a person’s blood stream — so there’s no need to pump milk and dump it after alcohol consumption. For example: It takes roughly three hours for a 120-pound woman to eliminate most of the alcohol from her blood and milk for every serving of wine or beer.

For more information on how drugs can affect breastfeeding, visit www.llli.org.

47 Comments

  1. Elaine Moomaw

    July 9, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    POS Coke head. Doesn’t need to have care of her child. She’s obviously choosing drugs over her own child.

  2. Tawnya Teajay

    July 9, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Poor baby.

  3. Laura Ale

    July 9, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I don’t judge any parent for any reason.

    Until today.

    • Melanin Monroe

      July 9, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Really? This the first time tu heard of women doing drugs while pregnant or breastfeeding?

    • Laura Ale

      July 9, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Melanin Monroe I was making a point.

    • Jaclyn Pascale Martinelli

      July 10, 2016 at 1:38 am

      I was thinking the same thing!! I hate it when people judge each other especially since I may do things others don’t (like co-sleep) but seriously drugs and then actually guessing 12 hours??!! I wonder where she read that data!!

  4. Tara Hathaway

    July 9, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I couldn’t even finish the article. Heartbreaking.

  5. Joanna Crespo

    July 9, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Sharon Diaz Harvey wtf is wrong with ppl

  6. Diana Zhang

    July 9, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Sick !!

  7. Susanne Frederiksen

    July 9, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    shes a reporter?she she would know the risks, some moms are just all about themselves.There should be no drugs near any baby, in any way shape or form.

  8. Michelle

    July 9, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Terrible tragedy but if the Mom didn’t know how cocaine is passed through breast milk did she really intended to hurt her baby I don’t think so how are both parents being charged with a criminal offense drugs are indeed a bad thing however millions of people use them so do we charge every parent who uses and is not breastfeeding

  9. Nicole G Lee

    July 9, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    What the heck were you thinking? Her attorney is just saying what he needs to (1) save face, (2) under table payment, and (3) life-long friend of the family and is going to protect his client(s) for the sake of her possible future career when really it’s going to follow her, the mom and hopefully ruin her. Yes, good lesson learned!

  10. Rebecca Stook

    July 9, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Poor kid.

  11. Katrina Hands

    July 9, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    It’s incredibly sad for that 4 month old child that her parents use cocaine at all. As for their attorney saying she was never in danger, what a load of bull!! High parents are a danger to their children and the fact the child has been physically exposed to cocaine is proof of that. Absolutely disgusting

  12. Rita N Laurence

    July 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm

  13. Darsee Stark

    July 9, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    This makes me sick! I struggled to breastfeed and was devastated when I had to stop. While nursing I didn’t have any caffeinated drinks, no raw fish, I didn’t even eat anything with lots of spices in it cause I was so worried if it would upset my daughters tummy!!!! This really breaks my heart

  14. Amy Doan Berthold

    July 9, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    They need to be in jail and never get a chance to get the baby back

  15. Lena Rivera Bolton

    July 9, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Stupid, take the baby away .

  16. Naomi Stark

    July 9, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    You have a new baby…WTF are you doing snorting cocaine!! Grow the hell up you have responsibilities now. I was afraid to drink wine.

    • lachandra Williams

      July 11, 2016 at 12:01 am

      Your so right

  17. Brie Downey

    July 9, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Loser

  18. May Alqudsi

    July 9, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Poor little baby… This mom should be charged with attempted murder…..

  19. Christina Blais

    July 9, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    But we’re not talking about beer or wine.. We’re talking about cocaine…. And THAT .. Takes 72 hrs!

  20. Olivia Cook

    July 9, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Michael Cook

  21. Eva Mraz

    July 9, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    She’s some kind of STUPID. Smdh

  22. Denise Ah-Looh

    July 10, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Mother should be charged with child endangerment, attempted murder etc.

    • Tia Rocha

      July 10, 2016 at 5:12 am

      Both parents should! Neither one of them are fit to care for that poor baby, neither one protected or did what was best for the baby! They are both drug addicts and need to face serious consequences. I hope that baby recovers and has a good relative that will care for her.

    • Denise Ah-Looh

      July 10, 2016 at 5:13 am

      U got that right Tia Rocha n hopefully CPS took the baby as well 🙁

  23. Megz Schofield

    July 10, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Idiot

  24. Amanda Smith

    July 10, 2016 at 1:05 am

    This is why you don’t do drugs while breastfeeding. This is so sad

  25. Laura Nairn

    July 10, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Shame on you

  26. Andrea Guidera

    July 10, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Stupid cow. Why are these this if people allowed to have kids? What the heck? And if their daughter at sometime down the line,,say toddler found their drugs, and ingested, what then? Who is to know if they take them and then operate a vehicle. Child endangerment. Doesn’t matter how much money you have or your occupation.

  27. Kenea Dhillon

    July 10, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Wow .. Really, a new level of stupid!

  28. Katie Sterk

    July 10, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Winner!

  29. Nadia Gagliardi

    July 10, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Stupid idiots like this don’t deserve children. Grow up!

  30. Julie Messenger

    July 10, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Idiot!!

  31. Maureen MacLellan

    July 10, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Why is she doing cocaine when she has a baby to take care of, never mind breast feeding!!!! Some people should NEVER have kids!!!!!

  32. Marcia Kerr

    July 10, 2016 at 6:22 am

    Cara Gamble Horrible story!

    • Cara Gamble

      July 10, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Yuck! Drugs are gross! Grow up, people having kids!

  33. Gloria von Gesslein

    July 10, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Honestly? She didn’t know? I don’t believe it. It doesn’t make sense. It defies logic.

  34. Melanie Benavides

    July 10, 2016 at 9:23 am

  35. Jennifer Campbell

    July 10, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Your baby is your priority Not your fuc….. addiction!!

  36. Martha Garcia-Gutierrez

    July 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    How irresponsible! And then here they are and their attorney making comments such as:
    “The child was never in danger”?
    “A lesson learned”???
    GIVE ME A BREAK, if NEITHER of them had the heart to change for their child before ever putting the baby in danger, then they’re NEVER going to change!
    No parent or couple is perfect, we all make mistakes, but they OBVIOUSLY SUCK at being parents, and at being a couple!

  37. Alexandra Korovilas

    July 10, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Stupid stupid stupid!!!! She’s a druggie AND she breast feeds??!! WTF !!!! They are unfit parents!!

  38. Sarah Gill

    July 10, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Take that baby away…she is a numpty.

  39. lachandra Williams

    July 11, 2016 at 12:04 am

    You guy are alll right she dnt deserve the baby and here i been tryna have a kid for years give me the baby

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