CRIME
08/15/2013 10:11 am ET | Updated Aug 15, 2013

Genene Anne Jones, Nurse Who Murdered Baby, Could Walk Free Under Old Texas Law

A nurse serving a 99-year prison sentence for killing an infant could walk free early because of an expired Texas law -- unless the child's mother manages to keep her behind bars.

Genene Anne Jones, who was sentenced in 1984 for the murder of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan, is set to be granted a "mandatory release" in 2017 thanks to her good behavior, ABC News reports.

The Texas prosecutor who sent her to prison suspects that Jones, 63, could be responsible for the deaths of as many as 46 other children. McClellan's mother, Petti McClellan, believes that Jones deserves to stay in locked up.

"I need to find someone else, another family that was a victim of Genene Jones. That's the only way to keep this woman in prison. Who knows what she can do if she gets out," McClellan told ABC News.

Jones "tried to play God" according to KHOU.

"She would inject infants... to make them sick and then would later try to resuscitate them," the network explains. "She would try to save their lives to look like a hero."

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the muscle relaxant administered by Jones.

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