A Texas nurse suspected of killing dozens of children has been charged with yet another murder.
A “killer nurse” who may have killed 60 Texas children, was indicted on a murder charge for the fifth time this year. She is already serving two sentences for previous murders and was expected to be released in March 2018 under a new mandatory release law.
Genene Jones,68, was charged Tuesday with killing 2-month-old Paul Villarreal in 1981.
Jones was serving consecutive 99-year and 60-year sentences in a state prison, However, she will now be sent to an adult detention center where she will await trial on her latest murder charges, according to Nico LaHood, Bexar County district attorney.
During Jones’s time working at a San Antonio hospital and a nearby clinic, a marked number of young children died of unexplained seizures and other complications, according to ProPublica. Between April 1981 and June of 1982, 42 children died in the eight-bed pediatric ICU at Bexar County Hospital — 34 of whom died on Jones’s shift. Medical staff members started calling Jones’ hours on duty “the Death Shift,” according to ProPublica.
Some prosecutors are of the opinion that her goal was to take quick medical action and ‘save’ some of her victims so that she would achieve ‘hero’ status. Others at Jones’s 1984 murder trial argued that her motive for lethally injecting children was to show there was a need for a pediatric intensive care unit at a nearby hospital — whatever her motive, and if she is guilty as charged, she has left dozens of families without their beloved children.
According to LaHood, authorities want Jones to be held accountable for as many kids’ deaths as evidence will support, so that investigation will continue and be definitively concluded.
“These children should have left the hospital healthy, happy and living long, productive lives,” LaHood said. “We’re going to do our best to not leave any baby, any victim behind. These babies need to be accounted for — for their families, for themselves and for the principle of it, and to our community.”
It is inconceivable to think that someone who is in a position of caring for helpless and sick children could be this evil and calculating. Either way, Jones is still where she should be until a decision is made on her fate.
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