Moms seeking justice 30 years after babies' deaths

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  • Texas official reviewing evidence in Genene Jones case
  • Jones is suspected of killing 47 babies
Moms seeking justice 30 years after babies' deaths

Key players in the Texas killer nurse investigation

Key players in the Texas killer nurse investigation

A Texas prosecutor believes a nurse already in prison for killing one baby, may be responsible for the deaths of more babies, perhaps as many as 47, in the early 1980s.

In 1984, Genene Jones was convicted of killing Petti McClellan's 15 month old daughter, Chelsea, at a clinic in Kerrville, Texas, in 1982. McClellan and some of the mothers who believe Jones killed their babies at a Bexar County hospital never stopped seeking justice. And they may be closer to getting it.

Because of mandatory sentencing guidelines in Texas in the 1980s, Jones is set to go free in less than five years. But earlier this month, Bexar County, Texas, Criminal District Attorney Susan D. Reed told HLN she is reviewing evidence and considering re-opening the investigation.

"(Jones) was implicated in the deaths of 47 little babies," Reed told HLN earlier this month. "We cannot have someone like that free -- period. She should never walk out of prison,” she continued. “Anybody who shows so little compassion for children should not receive compassion under the parole system."

Reed first spoke with Marina Rodriquez, a mother who says she lost her son on Jones' watch in 1981, live on Raising America. She then met with Rodriguez and another mother, Petti McClellan, for the first time Tuesday afternoon. 

"I have a new hero in Texas, and it's the San Antonio D.A.," Rodriguez told HLN. "San Antonio is a beautiful city. We have something tarnished that needs to be cleaned up, and she's gonna be the woman to do it."

McClellan says she is equally excited for Rodriguez and other mothers who say they feel justice was never served.

"For years I had hoped for this to happen. I think other families resented me,” she told HLN. “I'm just glad that the other families are now finally getting their voices heard. But after 30 years, I can certainly understand their resentment."

For more conversations like this, watch Raising America every week day at 12 p.m. ET on HLN. And be sure to tweet your thoughts to @KyraHLN with the #RaisingAmerica hashtag or join the conversation on Facebook.com.

 

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