A 66-year-old former pediatric nurse has been in prison for over 30 years for two confirmed infanticides; she is suspected of having killed up to 60 infants during her time as a nurse in Texas. Genene Jones was sentenced in 1985 to 99 years in prison for the murder of a 15-month-old girl; 60 years was added to that sentence for the murder of another infant, a 4-month-old boy. New laws in Texas, however, led to the announcement that she would be released early as a pat of the state’s efforts to minimize prison over-crowding.
This sent prosecutors scrambling to enact further indictments to keep the serial-killer behind bars. There was plenty to choose from. Jones had worked at several different facilities before being arrested for the suspicious deaths of infants in her care. Almost everywhere she worked, there was a pattern of unexplained and unexpected deaths, resulting from various complications and seizures.
The two infants she was convicted of killing in 1985 were found to have died because of injections of succinylcholine—which is used in anesthesia and causes temporary paralsysi if administered properly—and heparin, a blood thinner.
Despite the suspicious deaths, which generally occurred during or immediately following her shift, she was given a letter of recommendation from one facility calling her “loyal, dependable and trustworthy.” Investigators and prosecutors were unable to bring official charges for other unexplained deaths at the time, in part because of lost or accidentally destroyed medical records.
In May, it was announced that she would be charged in the murder of an 11-month-old boy who was found to have died from a fatal dose of Dilantin, an anti-seizure medication. Prosecutors have also announced this week that she will be indicted on another charge for the death of a 2-year-old girl.
The grand jury in the case recommended a bond of $1 million for the most recent indictment. It is unclear whether or not Jones has legal representation yet in light of these new charges.