Sheriff: Ashtabula County Judge Charles Hague intentionally poisoned with antifreeze

ASHTABULA, Ohio - An Ashtabula County judge was poisoned with antifreeze and his wife of 45 years is in jail, charged with attempted murder.

That's according to a news release from the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department and the Lake County Sheriff's Office website.

After being hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic on September 15, tests revealed Charles Hague, an Ashtabula County Common Pleas Juvenile/Probate Court judge, had a high level of ethylene glycol, the primary compound in antifreeze. 

Family members filed a complaint with the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department a few days later.

Carla Rae Hague was arrested December 2 - just a day after her 71st birthday - and charged with attempted murder and felony assault. The Hagues have been married for 45 years, according to the Associated Press.

The 71-year-old Hague, described by The (Ashtabula) Star-Beacon as a retired nurse, is being held in jail in adjacent Lake County.

The judge has been on the bench since 1993.

Dodie Mattson, who campaigned for Hague when he ran for election, was shocked by the allegations.

"They're wonderful people," she told The Star-Beacon. "I can't believe it."

The investigation continues and includes members of the FBI and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

An arraignment will take place in the near future and the investigation is still continuing, according to the sheriff’s department.

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