Nurse testifies in child death trial

Cynthia Jones denies administering morphine overdose to 21-month-old child

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter, pvenema@ksat.com
Published On: Sep 21 2012 04:43:24 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 21 2012 04:51:03 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

A registered nurse who administered two 5-milligram doses of morphine to a young dental patient appeared surprised Friday when it was suggested that she was responsible for the child’s death.

Cynthia Jones was caring for Maddoux Cordova, 21 months old, on Dec. 11, 2009, following a routine dental procedure. He was having several teeth capped.

On orders from Dr. Brian Seastrunk, an anesthesiologist at the Village Specialty Surgical Center, she said she gave Cordova two 5-milligram doses of morphine to calm him down.

She said the child had been “screaming and thrashing about.”

Cordova was later rushed to the hospital from his mother’s parents home after he became unresponsive.

Doctors at the hospital declared him “brain dead” and he died 16 days later after he was removed from life support.

Lawyers representing Doctor Seastrunk said they had depositions from three doctors who said it appeared Jones administered an overdose of morphine that was responsible for the child’s death.

Jones denied that she was responsible for the death and that she was only following doctor’s orders.

Testimony in the civil trial will resume on Monday in Judge David Berchelmann’s 57th District VCourt.