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Convicted Baby Killer Genene Jones Will Get Early Release

By Danielle Sullivan |

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Genene Jones killed close to 50 babies and will get automatic parole in 2017.

In a story that seems almost too gruesome to be real, Genene Jones of Texas was sentenced in 1985 for an incomprehensible crime. Jones is said to have killed anywhere from 11 to 47 babies while she worked as a nurse.

Jones is set to be released from prison in 2017 as part of an old Texas “mandatory release” law which was originally created to address the problem of overcrowding. This law states that criminals sentenced between 1977 and 1987 can be eligible for early release based on good behavior.

The Huffington Post says it was “an effort to ‘play god’ that caused her she to inject infants with poison” and then later try to revive them so she would be praised as a hero. She was found to have used injections of digoxin, heparin and later succinylcholine to bring on medical crises in the babies. While she was able to revive some of her patients, many babies did not survive the first bout with the aggressive medications, and could not be saved. The medications she used cause heart paralysis when given in extreme.

No one knows the actual number of babies that were killed by Jones because the hospital, Bexar County Hospital (now called The University Hospital of San Antonio) was afraid of  a mass publicity scandal, and subsequently trashed the medical records.

Jones was convicted of the murder of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan in 1985, and then later was sentenced to a concurrent term of 60 years in prison for almost overdosing Rolando Jones with heparin. She is believed to have killed close to 50 babies from 1971 to 1984. Jones was initially sentenced to serve 99 years in prison.

Jones is also said to be the inspiration behind the Annie Wilkes character from Stephen King’s Misery.

Petti McClellan, the mother of Chelsea McClellan, says while she never thought it would really happen, she was “scared” Jones would be released. “Until now, I never worried about her getting out,” says McClellan.

This story brings up several difficult questions. Does the cost of housing a prisoner outweigh the need for a convicted murderer to serve the appointed time? can “good behavior” ever make up for murder?

A mind that is capable of committing such horrendous acts had to be mental incapacitated in some way, and I’m not sure a prison term would change that. There has been no word on what kind of rehabilitation and therapy she received while in jail, but you have to wonder if it was enough to mandate that she be allowed back in the general public again.

I can see the idea of good behavior working on much less severe cases that didn’t involve murder, but in this case, it is an outrage.

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Danielle Sullivan writes for Babble Pets. She is also an award-winning parenting writer, who authors a monthly column for NY Parenting and ASPCA Parents blog. You can read more of her work at her blog,Some Puppy To Love. Read bio and latest posts → Read Danielle's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “Convicted Baby Killer Genene Jones Will Get Early Release

  1. Gretchen Powers says:

    OK…in many things I am progressive, but, I gotta ask…why is this bitch still alive?

  2. goddess says:

    This is the type of case for which I find the death penalty indescribably appropriate.

  3. Kikiriki says:

    I’m pretty much stunned that she wouldn’t have received the death penalty for this, especially in Texas of all places. People have Been executed for far less. Was it her race, or gender, or economic status that played a role in getting her off without the death penalty?

  4. Kikiriki says:

    Also, whaddya wanna bet she ends up having to go into protective custody once released and given a.new identity, all at the taxpayers expense? I can’t imagine her being able to live anywhere once she’s free without death threats immediately cropping up.

  5. Stephanie says:

    I agree. Lock her up in solitary and throw away the key.

  6. ALittleShort says:

    Okay, she needs to die a horrible death…she is a baby killer.
    And on a side note, I’m kind of uncomfortable with the new knowledge that one of my medications that I take daily (digoxin) when taken in excess can cause heart paralysis….

  7. lam says:

    These are the things we are forced to accept because the United States imprisons too many people. Ours is the most incarcerated nation in the world. She’s not being released because anyone thinks she should be free. Overcrowding is the reason she’s getting out. If we stopped throwing so many people in jail for non-violent crimes, we would be able to leave people like her in prison until their deaths. We have only ourselves to blame for this, because we have failed to address the alarming increase of citizens we are willing to imprison. We have failed to deal with the practical impact of three-strikes laws and other mandatory minimum initiatives. We have failed to evolve our stance on marijuana use. We arrested more than 800,000 people last year for marijuana possession. We can’t put everyone in jail. We have to prioritize. Prison is for violent people. We can deal with the non-violent people more effectively by not putting them in the same boat as the baby-killers. Then we’ll have lots of space for the rapists, murderers, and violent rogues who ought to be the focus of our penal system.

  8. Ernest says:

    It would be nice for her to have gotten the death penalty but most of all I would like to see her face to face and let her know that everyone has a judgement day. I would also like to let her know that I survived her attack that she did when I was a baby. It sucks that a lot of other kids didn’t make it and nothing that anyone does can bring them back.

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