A former Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1982 killing of a toddler has just been charged with murder in the death of an infant a year before that. Authorities said Friday that Genene Jones may have killed up to 60 young children, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Jones, 66, is serving concurrent 99-year and 60-year sentences for the 1982 killing of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan and for the sickening of a 4-week-old boy. The boy, who was injected with a blood thinner, survived. The girl was given a fatal injection of a muscle relaxant, according to the report.
Jones is due to be freed next March under a mandatory release law that was in place at the time of her conviction. However, on Thursday the local district attorney's office announced that Jones was being charged in the 1981 death of another child: 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer, who died from a fatal overdose of an anti-seizure drug.
During Jones' time working in hospitals and clinics all over Texas, many children died of unexplained seizures and other complications. At a news conference Friday, attorney Nico LaHood said investigators believe Jones may have killed some or all of those children. Most, according to the report, died under unusual circumstances during or shortly after Jones’ shifts.
"True justice will happen when she stands before the Lord, but on Earth, justice is for that woman to never leave prison," LaHood said in an ABC affiliate report.
He said his team has been working on building a case against Jones since 2015.
"Children are precious. That's why it's worth it. Was it easy to put together? Of course it wasn't easy. But if we only did things that were easy, no one would accomplish anything," he said.
[Texas Department of Criminal Justice]