Genene Jones, a Texas nurse convicted of murdering one baby and attempting to murder another, is suspected of killing more than 40 infants. And now she’s up for parole.
Although it’s expected Jones will be denied parole next week, she’s scheduled for release in 2017 and no one will be able to stop it—unless investigators win their desperate battle to keep her behind bars.
But due to a law designed to relieve prison overcrowding, Jones’ sentence was slashed for good behavior and she is set for a 2017 release.
Chelsea’s mother, Petti McClellan, told ABC News when Jones treated her baby at a Texas clinic in 1982, “I was holding Chelsea, she was facing me, and Jones gave her the first shot in her left thigh. Immediately Chelsea had trouble breathing. Chelsea was trying to say my name, but she couldn’t. I was extremely upset.”
Then, Jones injected the child with a lethal dose of the muscle relaxant succinylcholine, according to Chelsea’s mother and trial testimony.
The nurse also injured Jones, but the baby survived.
Still, “She’s probably going to be the first serial killer in this country’s history to be legally released,” Houston crime victim advocate Andy Kahan fumed to KHOU-TV.
According to prosecutors, Jones had a diabolical motive–she injected infants with poisonous drugs and then tried to revive them in the hopes of being hailed as a hero.
Ron Sutton, who prosecuted her, has said that Jones is responsible for the deaths of between 11 and 46 infants in Texas from 1978 and 1982. Investigators couldn’t find enough evidence to charge her with the alleged additional crimes, however, because the search was complicated; one hospital Jones worked for destroyed her records.
It was alleged that wherever Jones worked, an alarmingly high number of children died under her care.
Authorities are now determined to find evidence to convict her of another crime and keep her behind bars.
“This is an individual who should never be out of prison,” said Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed, who is spearheading a cold case investigation targeting Jones.