There is no subject more sensitive for any parent than the death of a child, and even the least amount of empathy makes such stories hard to digest for anyone else. Yet, for the 66-year-old Genene Jones, it appears such concepts are far removed. Working as a licensed vocational nurse at the Bexar County Hospital in Texas during the 1970s and 1980s, she was charged with the murder of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan, although she is suspected to have killed a lot, lot more.
Jones’ days as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit have been marked with death: with a statistically inordinate number of children dying under her care, the hospital had recorded a 178% infant death rate increase during her employment! With even the other nurses becoming suspicious of Jones, her time on duty was rightfully, or rather disturbingly titled “The Death Shift”. The hospital replaced all of the licensed vocational nurses at the time, but Jones managed to tie six more children to her list having moved to a pediatrician’s clinic in Kerrville, Texas. Charged with poisoning them with a powerful paralytic called Succinylcholine, Jones’ killing finally came to an end in 1985 when she was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
However, out of the sentenced 99, Jones will serve 33 before being released on March 1st, 2018. Describing Genene Jones as “pure evil,” Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood has taken it upon himself to prevent this from happening, managing to have Jones indicted for the murder of 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer as well as Rosemary Vega, a 2-year-old girl. Both of these murders occurred in 1981 and though they were both successfully traced back to Jones, it’s nowhere near the approximate 60 deaths she is suspected to have induced.
“We intend to do our part to make sure that Genene Jones takes her last breath from behind prison,” said Nico LaHood, Bexar County District Attorney.
With the new charges pending, her mandatory release due to an outdated Texas law will be short lived, and she will be transferred to jail for both the original charges and the pending prosecution for the new ones, with the bond in her latest indictment set at $1 million.