US man jailed for drugging wife's drinks to induce an abortion

Videos from hidden cameras his wife installed at their homes showed the accused mixing a substance in one of her drinks.
This booking photo provided by Houston Police Department shows Mason Herring, a 39-year-old Houston attorney, who pleaded guilty, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, to injury to a child and assault of a pregnant person.
This booking photo provided by Houston Police Department shows Mason Herring, a 39-year-old Houston attorney, who pleaded guilty, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, to injury to a child and assault of a pregnant person. AP

HOUSTON: A Texas man who drugged his wife's drinks in an attempt to induce an abortion was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years on probation.

Mason Herring, a 39-year-old Houston attorney, pleaded guilty Wednesday to injury to a child and assault of a pregnant person. He had initially been charged with felony assault to induce abortion.

Catherine Herring, who has filed for divorce, told the court the jail sentence was not long enough. She said their 1-year-old daughter, their third child, was born about 10 weeks premature, has developmental delays and attends therapy eight times a week.

“I do not believe that 180 days is justice for attempting to kill your child seven separate times,” Catherine Herring said.

This booking photo provided by Houston Police Department shows Mason Herring, a 39-year-old Houston attorney, who pleaded guilty, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, to injury to a child and assault of a pregnant person.
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Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Mason Herring was sentenced by state District Judge Andrea Beall.

Catherine Herring told authorities her husband in March 2022 began lecturing her on hydration and offering water. She said she became severely ill after drinking from the first cup that appeared cloudy, which her husband explained was perhaps the result of the cup or water pipes being dirty.

Catherine Herring became suspicious and began refusing multiple other drinks her husband offered. She later found in the trash packaging for a drug that contained misoprostol, a medicine used to induce abortion.

She also gave police videos from hidden cameras she installed at her home where her husband was no longer living. One of them showed him mixing a substance in one of her drinks, Catherine Herring said.

Mason Herring's attorney, Dan Codgell, called the plea deal and sentence reasonable.

“It’s a sad situation and Mason has accepted his responsibility,” Cogdell said.

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