Ex-nurse suspected of killing as many as 60 babies

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 23 2017 03:25 PM

Genene Jones, 66, is pictured in Texas in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters May 26, 2017. Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Handout via REUTERS

A former American nurse accused of killing as many as 60 babies was charged last Wednesday for the 1981 murder of a 2-year-old girl.

Genene Jones 66, is suspected of killing as many as 60 children during her time as a nurse, District Attorney Nico LaHood of Bexar, County in Texas said in a report by ABC News.

"We looked at her work schedule and when these babies were passing and the increase in passing under her direct work schedule was astronomical," Lahood said, as quoted in the report.

Jones was recently indicted for the Sept. 16, 1981, murder of then 2-year-old Rosemary Vega. She was earlier charged with murder in a separate case for the Dec. 12, 1981 death of then 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer.

The district attorney's office said evidence showed that Jones injected the boy with a toxic level of Dilantin, ABC News reported.

The suspect, who is currently jailed in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Lane Murray unit in Gatesville, Texas, was sentenced to 99 years in prison after being convicted of giving a fatal overdose to 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan in 1982. 

She was suspected by prosecutors of having given fatal injections to between 40 to 60 infants and toddlers.

Jones worked as a pediatric nurse in several Texas hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices in the late 1970s and early 80s.

When Jones was sentenced, she had the benefit of a 1977 mandatory release parole law. The law was changed in 1987, but did not apply retroactively, thus setting a March 2018 release date, LaHood previously said.

However, before her scheduled release, Jones will be sent again to Bexar County for trial for the new charges, the district attorney's office said.--with a report from Reuters