A former Texas nurse suspected in the killing of dozens of children has been sentenced to life after pleading guilty to the 1981 death of an 11-month-old boy.
Genene Jones, 69, was imprisoned in 1984 for killing one child and giving an overdose to another.
She had been set for release in 2018 under a mandatory release law that was in place when she was convicted. But prosecutors in 2017, citing new evidence, filed five new murder charges against her related to the deaths of children in the early 1980s.
Children died of unexplained seizures and other complications when Jones worked at a San Antonio hospital and a clinic in Kerrville.
Prosecutors at Jones' 1984 murder trial said she injected children with drugs to demonstrate the need for a paediatric intensive care unit at a nearby hospital.
Other prosecutors had theorised that her tactic was to take swift medical action and save some of her victims so she could appear to be a sort of miracle worker.
But prosecutor Catherine Babbitt said after the hearing Jones' motivation had never been determined.
Jones will be eligible for parole in 18 years, when she's about 87, Babbitt said.
In 2017, then-Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said Jones may have killed up to 60 children.
Babbitt said as they prepared for trial that prosecutors felt Jones could have been responsible for about 20 deaths. But it's possible no one but Jones will ever know how many children she killed or injured, Babbitt said.
Australian Associated Press