By Dave Andrusko
Following a plea bargain, Mason Herring, a Houston attorney, pleaded guilty to injury to a child and assault of a pregnant person. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for secretly drugging his wife’s drinks multiple times to induce an abortion while she was pregnant with their third child.
“Mason Herring had been the first person in Harris County to be charged with felony assault to induce abortion. The charge was withdrawn as part of the plea deal,” Michelle Choi reported. “Between March and April of 2022, Catherine Herring said her husband of 11 years tried to kill their unborn child with abortion-inducing drugs seven times.”
Catherine Herring, his estranged wife, was furious with the sentencing. “I do not believe that 180 days is justice for attempting to kill your child seven separate times,” she said according to Daniela Hurtado and Courtney Fischer of ABC13. “For two years, my husband has overly denied this assault, and I’m grateful today that he has finally admitted to his guilt.”
Mrs. Herring said that as a result of her husband’s multiple attempts
their 1-year-old daughter was born premature, has developmental delays and attends therapy eight times a week. “Incredibly hard, unspeakably difficult, we just take one day at a time,” she said.
Mrs. Herring said “it started after she found out he was having an affair and asked for a separation,” Choi reported.
That’s when she found out she was pregnant with their third child. She said he wasn’t happy about it and even sent a text message saying that it would ruin his plans and make him look like a “jerk.”
Mrs. Herring said her husband’s first attempt to poison her
was during spring break when he gave her a glass of cloudy water and mentioned the importance of staying hydrated. She didn’t suspect anything at the time, but she became violently ill and had to go to the emergency room.
After that, she said, he continued to bring her drinks that were spiked with what she eventually found out was misoprostol, a drug used to induce abortions.
She said she didn’t consume the drinks, but instead kept them as evidence and turned them over to Houston police. She also provided videos from hidden cameras she installed at her home where he was no longer living.
Subsequently Mrs. Herring “became ill and was taken to urgent care. The baby survived after being born 10 weeks prematurely and weighed just over three pounds,” Hurtado and Fischer reported. “She is now a year and a half old.”
“I watched in real-time as darkness overcame you. As addictions became your priority,” Catherine said to Mason.