In Texas, a grand jury indicted a man accused of infusing a medication used to end a pregnancy in his wife’s drink in the hope that it would stop her from having one.
Houston attorney Mason Herring, 38, was indicted last week on two felony charges, including assaulting a pregnant woman. According to court records, he was initially arrested in May. He was released on a $30,000 bond.
Nicholas Norris (an attorney for Herring) declined to comment immediately on Thursday
Houston station KTRK was told by the prosecution that although the baby was prematurely born, it was healthy and well.
According to court records, Herring’s wife said that her husband began lecturing her about water and hydration in March. According to her, she fell ill after drinking from the first cup which appeared cloudy. Her husband claimed that this was due to the cup and the water pipes being dirty.
According to court records, Herring’s wife began to refuse multiple drinks offered by her husband. She later discovered in her trash packaging a drug containing misoprostol. This is a medication used to induce pregnancy.
According to court documents, the couple had split earlier in the year and were going to marriage counseling when she revealed that she was pregnant. She claimed that Mason Herring had repeatedly expressed to her via text messages that he was unhappy with the pregnancy.
A spokesperson from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday. Herring was also charged with an assault charge for attempting to induce an abortion.