San Antonio, Texas, May 25, 2017: Today, a Bexar County Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment against Genene Jones, age 66, for the 1981 murder of Joshua Sawyer. Jones is suspected of killing up to 60 infants. She is currently incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Lane Murray Unit in Gatesville, Texas.
On December 12, 1981, Jones was working as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit in what was formally known as the Bexar County Hospital. Evidence shows that Jones injected 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer with a toxic level of Dilantin.
In 1984, a jury in Williamson County sentenced Jones to 99 years in prison for the death of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan. In late 1984, in Bexar County, a Judge sentenced Jones to 60 years in prison for injecting then 4-week-old Rolando Santos with Heparin. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently.
When District Attorney LaHood took office in January 2015, he approved a Task Force to investigate Jones and the crimes she committed.
“As people are well aware, I believe children are a gift from the Lord,” said District Attorney Nico LaHood. “Genene Jones did not see children in this regard. She is pure evil and justice warrants that she be held accountable for the crimes she committed. Our Office will attempt to account for every child whose life was stolen by the actions of Jones. Our only focus is justice.”
The Grand Jury recommended Jones’ bond be set at $1 million. Due to a law in effect at the time Jones was sentenced, she will be released from prison in March 2018. Prior to her mandatory release, she will be extradited back to Bexar County where she will await trial for the new charges. Murder is a first degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Due to the continuing investigations, we will reserve further comment at this time regarding future charges against Jones.