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The Source: Convicted Infant Murderer Genene Jones Could Be Set Free In Two Years

Jun 30, 2016


It's thought that Genene Jones is responsible for the murder of at least 46 infants and children that were in her care while working as a nurse for the Bexar County Hospital in the late 1970's.

Former Bexar County Medical Examiner Dr. Vincent Di Maio said Jones injected the children with harmful drugs in order to be seen saving them. Di Maio said it was clear to the hospital staff what Jones was doing but the administration did not want the negative publicity. 

"Unless they were awfully dumb, it was obvious what was going on. Kids don't die right and left only in the care of one nurse. And everyone knew that there was something wrong. The other nurses caught on quickly and then it got passed on to the board and the board said that's going to ruin our reputation."

With a positive recommendation from Bexar County - Jones then got a job at a hospital in Kerrville where her deadly pattern continued. But where she was quickly caught. In 1984 Jones was convicted and given a 99 year sentence but now she's due to be released early.

Speaking on TPR's the Source Di Maio said the Bexar County D.A. is looking to possibly keep Jones in prison by trying her for the death of one of the other murdered children.

"There's one case that's there some material still left and they might be able to get her on that - but it's a long shot - the problem is the medical center destroyed all the records - did a very good job of it."

The records were shredded in March 1984 even though the documents were considered evidence in the case and were under subpoena by a grand jury.

Jones is due to be released in 2018 due to a Texas law to prevent prison over crowding.

DiMaio has had several high-profile cases throughout his career. From the exhumation of Lee Harvey Oswald to expert testimony in the Treyvon Martin case, his work has spanned decades and impacted history both locally and nationally. He joined us on The Source to talk about his new book "Morgue: A Life in Death."

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