A Texas man has been sentenced to 180 days in jail for drugging his wife with her drinks to induce an abortion

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas man who spiked his wife’s drinks in an attempt to induce an abortion has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation.

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

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

“I don’t think 180 days is justice for trying to kill your child seven separate times,” Katherine Herring said.

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 Bell.

Katherine Herring told authorities that in March 2022, her husband began lecturing her about hydration and hydration. She said she became very ill after drinking from the first cup, which appeared cloudy, which her husband explained might have been the result of a dirty cup or water pipe.

Catherine Herring became suspicious and began to refuse many more drinks offered by her husband. She later found a medication containing misoprostol in the trash. A medication used to induce a miscarriage.

She also provided police with videos from hidden cameras she installed in her home where her husband no longer lived. Katherine Herring said someone showed him mixing a substance into one of her drinks.

Mason Herring’s attorney, Dan Codgill, called the plea deal and sentencing reasonable.

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

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