- A grand jury indicted a Texas man for slipping abortion medication into his wife’s drink.
- Mason Herring, a Houston attorney, was arrested in May, according to the Associated Press.
- Herring’s wife told police she became sick after drinking water he gave her, the AP reported.
A Houston attorney was indicted by a grand jury for slipping abortion medicine into his wife’s drink on Thursday.
A Harris County grand jury indicted Mason Herring, 38, on two felony counts of assault of a pregnant person, according to the Associated Press. Herring was arrested in May and released on a $30,000 bond, ABC reported, but he was indicted earlier this week.
An attorney for Herring did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on Saturday.
Herring’s wife, who was pregnant, told police that Herring began ranting about hydration and offering her water in March, according to the AP. Herring’s wife told police that she became severely ill after drinking from one cup that he gave her which appeared cloudy.
Court documents alleged that Herring told his wife that the cloudiness of the water could be the result of dirty water pipes, the AP reported. Herring’s wife began refusing other drinks that he offered her after she became suspicious, court documents said.
She later found packaging for a drug containing misoprostol, a drug that is used to induce abortion. Misoprostol can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, or nausea according to the Mayo Clinic, and can cause more severe side effects like body aches, chest pain, heavy bleeding, and painful menstruation, among others.
According to the AP, Herring and his wife were separated, and court documents showed text messages from him to her that he was unhappy about the pregnancy.
Herring approached his wife at least six times over the course of a month encouraging her to drink the suspicious water, WJHG reported. She said she did not drink them all and instead kept some as evidence.
“The complainant stated the defendant gave her a bottle of orange juice, and she observed the seal on the bottle was broken,” said court documents according to WJHG.
WJHG reported that prosecutors said security cameras caught Herring putting a powdered substance from a bag in his pocket into a drink he then gave his wife, according to prosecutors. Herring’s wife later found packaging that contained Cyrux, a Mexican drug that contains misoprostol, in the trash.