A Texas grand jury has indicted a husband accused of putting an abortion drug in his wife’s drinks in hopes of terminating her pregnancy.
Mason Herring, a 38-year-old Houston attorney, was indicted on two felony counts, including assault of a pregnant person, on charges handed down by a Harris County grand jury last week. He was originally arrested in May and released on $30,000 bail, court records show.
Nicholas Norris, an attorney for Herring, declined to immediately comment Thursday.
plaintiffs said Houston television station KTRK that the baby was born prematurely but was healthy and fine.
According to court documents, Herring’s wife told authorities her husband began lecturing her about staying hydrated and offering water in March. She said she became very ill after drinking from the first cup, which appeared to be cloudy, which her husband reportedly explained was probably the result of the cup or the plumbing being dirty.
Herring’s wife became suspicious and refused several more drinks her husband offered her, according to court records. She said she later found medicine in the garbage containers that contained misoprostol, a drug used to induce an abortion.
The couple separated earlier this year and was attending marriage counseling when she told him about the pregnancy, according to court documents. She said Mason Herring had expressed to her several times in text messages that he was unhappy about the pregnancy.
A spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday. Herring was also charged with assault for attempting to induce an abortion.