Ex-Texas Nurse Convicted Of Killing Toddler Due For Release

Genene Jones (Jail photo/file)

SAN ANTONIO (August 16, 2013)—Former nurse Genene Jones, 63, who was convicted of murder in 1984 in Georgetown in the death of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan, is due for release from prison in less than five years, but the mother of the slain toddler is hoping to find a way to keep her behind bars.

Jones was accused of giving the toddler an injection of the powerful muscle relaxant succinylcholine in September 1982 at a pediatric clinic where she worked in Kerrville.

Her trial was moved to Georgetown, where she was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison in May 1984.

She’s scheduled to be released from prison in February 2018 under a law in effect at the time of her conviction aimed at reducing prison overcrowding.

The toddler’s mother, Petti McClellan of Houston, says she hopes someone will come forward to provide additional evidence against Jones, who’s suspected in in the deaths of dozens of other children.

The prosecutor who won the murder conviction in 1984 estimates that Jones was responsible for the deaths of from 11 to 46 infants in Bexar County from 1978 to 1982.

Authorities think Jones injected the infants to induce medical crises and then attempted to revive them in order to receive attention, but say she wasn’t always successful.