Texas wife reveals how she caught her husband POISONING her with abortion pills that he disguised with breakfast in bed

A Texas woman suspected that her husband was poisoning her after the breakfast in bed he made her left her bleeding – so she spent weeks collecting evidence of him planting abortion-inducing drugs in her drinks.

Catherine Herring, 39, began to grow wary of her former spouse Mason in February 2022, when he confronted her after nearly a decade of marriage, and said he wanted to split up.

Herring had recently caught him texting a former female colleague with whom he swore to have cut contact, but when she confronted him, he told her needed to work on himself and moved out.

‘He just started acting really weird and wouldn’t tell me what was going on!

The couple shared two children together and had a third on the way, though Mason had previously expressed his unhappiness about the pregnancy.

The Houston-based lawyer agreed to spend spring break with the rest of the family. One morning, he brought Herring a biscuit and a glass of water as she lay in bed, imploring her to finish it before he left for the office.

‘He starts urging me, like, “Chug it, I need to go,” and he kind of had anger in his voice,’ Herring explained in an interview with the Daily Beast.

That was when she looked into the water and saw that it was cloudy.  

An indictment describes the events that followed. Around 30 minutes after Mason left for work, Herring began experiencing painful stomach cramps and explosive diarrhea.

Upon realizing that her vagina was bleeding profusely, the 39-year-old rushed to the hospital. She kept bleeding even after she was discharged.

‘I just wanted desperately to be wrong,’ she said. ‘I wanted there to be another explanation, because this is your husband who you love and adore and have children with.

‘But my instinct was, “Something’s wrong, I need to protect myself.” And I just need to make sure he doesn’t know I’m onto him. Because I really felt like that was the only way I could collect evidence.’

On March 21, Herring paid a visit to John Moritz, a private investigator she had hired in hopes of figuring out why her husband had suddenly requested a separation.

Herring had meticulously collected samples of the liquid, six of which Moritz sent to a lab for testing.

At least two of the samples were shown to contain misoprostol, which is commonly used to induce abortion.

Moritz proceeded to teach the 39-year-old about methods of evidence collection. The duo installed cameras throughout the house, with Moritz urging her not to be left alone with Mason if possible.

One day in April, Catherine called two friends over after suspecting she had been drugged. Both friends saw a material floating in a drink provided to her by her husband, according to an affidavit. 

On April 24, Mason cleaned out his truck and brought the trash bags to the curb – a habit that struck Herring as unusual.

‘[Catherine Herring] stated that this was out of character for [Mason Herring] as he does not do chores around the house,’ the affidavit alleged. 

When Mason left the residence, Herring wandered over to the trash to see what was inside.

She found ‘opened blister packs’ labeled as ‘Cyrux,’ according to the affidavit.

Herring learned that these packets contained a ‘Mexican pharmacy version of the American drug Cytotec,’ which is used to prevent stomach ulcers but contains misoprostol as the active ingredient.

Days later, hidden cameras recorded Mason emptying a plastic baggie full of white powder into a glass of cranberry juice, which he then encouraged Herring to drink.

She had a friend with her at the time. ‘But he just stood in the kitchen, had a whole conversation with us, and then left for the night as if nothing had gone on,’ Herring explained.

The following day, she went to the Houston Police Department.

Nearly a month passed before Mason’s arrest. He was charged with assault to induce abortion and assault on a pregnant person.

In late 2023, the district attorney’s office called to say they were considering a plea deal with significantly reduced charges.

Herring pushed back as much as she could, but the office insisted that it was the best they could do.

Mason accepted the deal on February 7 of this year, pleading guilty only to one count of injury to a child under 15.

The judge sentenced him to 180 days in jail and 10 years parole – a measly sentence considering the state’s legal attack against abortion.

A 2021 Texas law allows anyone in the state to sue someone they suspect of performing an abortion after six weeks’ gestation. Performing an abortion is a felony punishable by life in prison.

‘It’s very apparent that the state of Texas is treating men and women differently in this situation,’ Herring said.

‘One hundred and eighty days – it’s less than 26 days per attempt that he will serve in jail.’

Mason was barred from contacting her or their youngest daughter, who was born in August, three months after his arrest.

The little girl was 10 weeks premature and suffers developmental delays. She eats through a feeding tube and meets with physical, occupational and speech therapists every week.

Catherine appeared at her husband’s trial to rail against the lenient sentencing.

‘I do not believe that 180 days is justice for attempting to kill your child seven separate times,’ she said, addressing the court.

‘For two years, my husband has overtly denied this assault, and I’m grateful today that he has finally admitted to his guilt.’ 

Culled from Daily Beast