East San Diego County military wife healing from poisoning, husband charged with crime

Posted at 11:53 AM, Apr 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-11 16:46:29-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - An East San Diego County military wife whose husband is accused of poisoning her with thallium is facing intensive rehabilitation, according to a GoFundMe account in her name.

Race Uto, 27, was arrested in March on suspicion of giving his wife Brigida the heavy metal, which is found in rat poison and ant killers.

A search warrant obtained by 10News indicated Brigida Uto had been sick since September 2017 and did not know the cause. She suffered weakness and hair loss, and was eventually near death, according to the warrant.

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Doctors determined Brigida ingested the Thallium, which was found in ‘extreme levels’ in her system when she was admitted to the hospital.

The FBI, NCIS and San Diego County HazMat determined Brigida had been poisoned by someone with access to her food and drinks.

Investigators searched the couple’s home in Dulzura and confiscated laptops, a coffee blender, four cups and other electronics.

The warrant also shows that Race had an affair while he was deployed in the Navy and that the couple had gone through counseling.

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Race told detectives he has no idea how his wife came into contact with the poison. She also said she had no idea who would want to hurt her.

Brigida suffered significant nerve damage and doctors are unsure if she will regain feeling in her legs. Her organs have suffered tremendous damage, friends report.

She is a special education teacher in the Mountain Empire School District and the mother of a young boy, according to the GoFundMe page. She met her husband at her high school prom when she was 18 and the couple married at 25.