Crime

'Angel Of Death' Charged With Killing Another Baby

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A former Texas nurse, who is known as an "Angel of Death" killer, is accused of murdering an 11-month-old child in 1981, bringing the total number of children she may have killed to 60.

Former pediatric nurse Genene Jones, 66, is currently serving a 99-year prison sentence for the death of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan, and a concurrent sentence of 60 years for injecting 4-week-old Rolando Santos with heparin, according to a press release from Bexar County, Texas. Both crimes occurred in the early 1980s.

In January 2015, District Attorney Nico LaHood approved a task force to investigate Jones and the additional crimes she may have committed.

“As people are well aware, I believe children are a gift from the Lord,” LaHood said in a statement. “Genene Jones did not see children in this regard. She is pure evil and justice warrants that she be held accountable for the crimes she committed. Our Office will attempt to account for every child whose life was stolen by the actions of Jones. Our only focus is justice.”

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On May 25, a Bexar County Grand Jury indicted Jones for the 1981 murder of Joshua Sawyer.

Prosecutors reportedly have evidence that shows Jones gave Joshua a lethal dose of Dilantin, or phenytoin, an anti-seizure medication, while working in the pediatric intensive care unit at the former Bexar County Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, according to The Washington Post.

The method of killing fits Jones' profile because she gave Chelsea a potent muscle relaxant.

Rolando, whom Jones injected with blood thinner heparin, survived.

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Jones' bail is set at $1 million. Because of a law that was in effect when she was sentenced in 1984, Jones is scheduled to be released from prison in 2018. At that time, she will be extradited back to Bexar County to await trial for the new charges.

If convicted of murdering Joshua, she could serve between five and 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.  

It is unknown whether Jones has secured legal counsel for the new murder charge, The Washington Post reports.

Investigators and prosecutors at her 1984 trial considered multiple motives for Jones harming children, including her wanting to destroy doctors reputations or a desire to make children ill so she could bring them back to good health.

Jones is suspected of killing as many as 60 infants. Investigators are still looking into her role in the deaths of other children.

Sources: Bexar County, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Dave Herholz/Flickr

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