American accused of slipping abortion drug into wife’s drinks


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AUSTIN, TEXAS — A Texas grand jury has indicted a husband accused of slipping an abortion drug into his wife’s drinks in hopes it would end her pregnancy.

Mason Herring, a 38-year-old Houston attorney, was charged with two counts, including assault of a pregnant person, under charges brought last week by a Harris County grand jury. Court records show he was originally arrested in May and released on $30,000 bond.

Nicholas Norris, an attorney for Herring, declined to comment immediately on Thursday.

Prosecutors told Houston broadcaster KTRK the baby was born prematurely but was healthy.

According to court documents, Herring’s wife told authorities that her husband began giving her hydration lessons and offering her water in March. She said she had become seriously ill and after drinking the first cup which seemed cloudy, what her husband allegedly explained was possibly the result of the cup being dirty or the water pipes.

Herring’s wife became suspicious, according to court records, and began refusing several more drinks offered by her husband. She said she later found in the garbage wrapper a drug containing misoprostol, a drug used to induce abortion.

According to court documents, the couple had separated earlier this year and were on marriage counseling when she told him about the pregnancy. She said Mason Herring repeatedly told her in text messages that he was unhappy with the pregnancy.

A spokesperson for the Harris County prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday. Herring was also charged with assault for attempting to induce an abortion.

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