Former nurse accused of killing dozens of kids

Cheryl Sanders
May 27, 2017

LaHood said that his office is re-examining the deaths of the children and additional charges may be levied against her.

Genene Jones is seen in a booking photo released by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

A former Texas nurse suspected of killing up to 60 babies in the 1980s has now been slapped with the fresh charge of murdering an 11-month-old.

While Assistant District Attorney Jason Goss anticipates it will take two years for the case to go to trial, he told ProPublica that the $1 million bond will hopefully stop Jones' release.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A Texas nurse who's been serving a 99-year prison sentence for the fatal overdose of an infant in her care was indicted Thursday in the death of another infant as prosecutors try to keep her behind bars. If convicted, she could spend the rest of her life in prison. Because of a mandatory release law created to prevent prison overcrowding, she is due for release in March, according to TDCJ. Genene Jones is in a class by herself. In 1987, the law was amended to exclude violent offenders - but those sentenced to violent crimes in Texas between 1977 and 1987 (such as Jones) still enjoy the loophole's benefits.

"As people are well aware, I believe children are a gift from the Lord", LaHood said.

During the investigation, LaHood's office determined Jones could be responsible for the deaths of almost 60 children - a number investigators came to by looking at the children who died while she was on shift at the hospitals.

Jones did not testify at her trial and her lawyers contended the injection was not the cause of death. "Ultimately, true justice will come when she stands before our lord, but until then, we will make sure Genene Jones will take her last breath behind bars".

She was convicted in Williamson County of infanticide and sentenced to 99 years in prison for killing Chelsea. Although the law was changed in 1987, it did not apply retroactively, thus allowing her to be set free before she completed her sentence. According to Texas Observer reporter Peter Elkind, who wrote a book on Jones' case, her tenure corresponded with an unusually high number of child deaths in the ICU - 42, to be exact - and the majority of them had occurred under Jones' evening shift, inspiring her colleagues to start calling it the "death shift".

Jones might would have been released from prison in May 2018, the prosecutor said. But now, with her release from prison pending, county prosecutors have reignited an investigation into other infant deaths potentially linked to Jones.

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