Genene Jones, a nurse suspected of killing up to 60 children and babies over the course of two decades, now faces murder charges in the deaths of two from 1981. Jones is currently serving concurrent terms in Texas for the death of one child and the injury of another. She has already been sentenced to over 150 years in prison.
According to the New York Times, Jones was indicted on murder charges for the death of two-year-old Rosemary Vega and 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer. Jones had injected Sawyer with a toxic level of Dilantin, an anti-seizure drug, in December 1981 while working in a pediatric intensive care unit.
Police suspect Jones has murdered somewhere around 60 people in total and has maintained her innocence since the 80's, during which her trials garnered national attention.
“Our intention is to hold her accountable for as many deaths as the evidence will support,” said Nicholas LaHood, the district attorney for Bexar County. “But we have to have the evidence. So we will continue to work within the confines of the law to do that. We are going to take one at a time. I am fairly confident we are not going to get 60 indictments on her, but we will get as many as the evidence supports.”
“She walked in with the injection,” recalls Rosemary's mother. “I saw her and asked her: ‘What was she doing? What are you going to give her?’ The [other] nurse had just left and took all Rosemary’s vital signs. She said, ‘I’m giving her something to help your baby rest.’ After she walked out, not two minutes later, my daughter started turning purple. The monitors went off; people started running. She was doing good until Genene injected her. Then she started getting the code blue.”
Prosecutors sought to charge Jones for the 1981 deaths to prevent her from being mandatorily released in 2018, a part of the mandatory release laws that were active when she was convicted.
There is no known motive for the murders.
[Photo: Texas Department of Criminal Justice]