Former nurse Genene Anne Jones, now 63, was convicted of murdering 15-month old Chelsea McClellan in 1982 by repeatedly injecting her with succinylcholine chloride, a lethal substance. For that murder, Jones was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
Despite these terrible crimes, she could be released as soon as 2018 under a Texas law that grants “mandatory release” to inmates with good behavior.
“Genene Jones has been eligible for parole since 1989, and every three years since 1989 her case has been renewed and parole been denied,” said Harry Batson, a public information officer for the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole.
“But mandatory release has nothing to do with parole,” Mr. Batson said. “Even though she has been continually denied parole, that has no bearing on her release.”
Chelsea’s mother is pleading with anyone who will listen, to try and stop the release of Jones. She told ABC News:
“I remember being so excited to have a neighborhood pediatrician that I could take Chelsea and my son Cameron to. Cameron was about three-years-old when he got the flu so I took him into the clinic, and I brought Chelsea with me. As we sat in the waiting room, Genene said she would update Chelsea’s shots. I took Chelsea and followed Genene into the examining room. I noticed that the syringes were already fixed. I was holding Chelsea, she was facing me, and Jones gave her the first shot in her left thigh. Immediately Chelsea had trouble breathing. She tried to say my name and couldn’t. Before she could stop her, Jones gave baby Chelsea a second shot in her right leg. That’s when she stopped breathing. Genene had this wild look in her eyes, like she was on a high. She got really excited, and she yelled that Chelsea was not breathing. She grabbed her from me and put her on a table. She told me to go get the doctor.”
Chelsea died after Jones repeatedly injected the child with the lethal substance on the ambulance ride to the hospital.
There is only one way to stop the release of Genene Anne Jones: find another family who was a victim of Jones and successfully prosecute her for the crime.
A new Facebook group has been started called “Victims of Genene Anne Jones.” The administrator of the group believes that her twin brother was a victim of Jones.
Jones maintains her innocence. She even served as her own lawyer.
The press attempted to contact Jones who has not responded to requests.