Genene Jones, an ex-Texas nurse convicted in 1984 of killing a baby and trying to kill another, reportedly admitted to murdering dozens of babies during her imprisonment.
Jones, 67, is facing five new murder charges for the deaths of four boys and one girl, ranging in ages from three months to two years. According to Texas Monthly, on Wednesday, Bexar County Assistant District Attorney Jason Goss claimed Jones participated in an October 1998 prison interview for a parole review, where she tearfully told a parole officer “I really did kill those babies.”
Furthermore, an inmate reportedly came forward to contest Jones’ parole, telling the board that Jones said, “I didn’t kill those babies. The voices in my head did.”
Jones worked at hospitals in San Antonio and Kerrville in the ’80s. In 1982, the nurse gave a deadly dose of muscle relaxants to 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan during an immunization. Jones was also convicted of giving a large dose of blood thinner to 4-week-old Rolando Santos, who survived the incident.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jones was sentenced to 99 years for her crimes but under Texas’ Mandatory Release law she was scheduled to be freed in March 2018. The law aims to prevent prison overcrowding by making inmates convicted of violent crimes between 1977 and 1987 to eligible for early release on “good behavior.” While the law was later rewritten to exclude violent offenders like Jones, the new law doesn’t work retroactively.
In an effort to keep her behind bars, Texas Monthly reported that two Bexar County grand juries filed a total of five indictments between May 2017 and October. The incidents allegedly occurred between 1981 and 1982 while Jones worked in the pediatric intensive care unit at Medical Center Hospital.
Alarmingly, authorities believe Jones, who the media dubbed the “Angel of Death,” has murdered dozens of babies.
Jones has pleaded not guilty to the five murders. On Wednesday, a judge rejected the defense’s request to have the charges dismissed. Defense attorneys unsuccessfully argued that the courts violated Jones’ Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial.
[Featured Image: Genene Jones/Texas Department of Criminal Justice]