Ex-Texas nurse implicated of eliminating approximately 60 kids in 1980s

By DAVID WARREN
Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) – A Texas nurse who remains in prison for the 1982 killing of a toddler has been charged with murder in the death of a baby a year previously, and authorities stated Friday that they think she may have eliminated as much as 60 young kids around that time.

Genene Jones, 66, is serving concurrent 99-year and 60-year sentences at a Gatesville prison for the 1982 killing of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan and the sickening of a 4-week-old young boy who endured. The woman was provided a deadly injection of a muscle relaxant and the kid got a big injection of a blood thinner.

Jones was due to be released next March under a necessary release law that remained in location when she was convicted. But on Thursday, the Bexar County district lawyer’s workplace announced that she has actually been charged in the 1981 death of 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer, who investigators say died of a deadly overdose of an anti-seizure drug, Dilantin.

Throughout Jones’ time operating in health centers and clinics in San Antonio and somewhere else in Texas, children died of inexplicable seizures and other problems.

At a press conference Friday in San Antonio, District Attorney Nico LaHood said investigators believe Jones might have killed some or all of those kids due to the fact that they died under unusual scenarios throughout or shortly after her shifts.

“She’s been presumed in lots of infant deaths and she’s just been held accountable in one,” he said.

It’s unclear why Jones’ actions, involving numerous presumed victims, were not spotted earlier. But Sam Millsap, a previous district lawyer in Bexar County, told KSAT-TV in 2013 that medical records at the San Antonio medical facility at one point were accidently ruined, hampering efforts by private investigators to prove their suspicions.

Chelsea McClellan died after getting an injection at a clinic in Kerrville, northwest of San Antonio, and district attorneys at Jones’ 1984 murder trial said the nurse lethally injected kids there to demonstrate the requirement for a pediatric intensive care unit at a nearby medical facility.

Other district attorneys theorized that Jones’ strategy was to take speedy medical action and save some of her victims, making herself appear to be a sort of wonder worker.

LaHood stated the brand-new murder charge is based upon fresh proof that came to light and a review of old evidence. He also stated the deaths of a few of the other kids are being re-examined which additional charges could be coming.

Jones has been regularly rejected parole throughout the years. She was due to be launched next March after serving one-third of her sentence under a compulsory release law adopted in 1977 to assist alleviate jail overcrowding. The law was upgraded 10 years later.

Jones, whose case has actually been narrated in 2 books, a TELEVISION motion picture and various posts, was “psychological” when she was served an arrest warrant Thursday, LaHood stated.

“We have every need to believe that she completely anticipated to obtain out next year,” he said.

Since of the new charge, Jones will be transferred to the Bexar County prison and hung on a $1 million bond while the case is prosecuted. A murder conviction brings a maximum sentence of 99 years. LaHood stated Jones is not eligible for the death sentence because Texas did not have such a sentence at the time of the 1981 death.

“We will do our best to make sure that Genene Jones takes her really dying breath behind bars,” LaHood said.

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This story has been remedied to show the surname of the kid that Jones is in jail for killing is McClellan, not McClelland, and that the killing occurred in 1982, not 1984.

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