Texas mom gets 99 years for gluing toddler to wall, beating her
Elizabeth Escalona, 23, admitted gluing her 2-year-old daughter to a wall and beating her over potty training.
October 12th, 2012
02:23 PM ET

Texas mom gets 99 years for gluing toddler to wall, beating her

[Updated at 4:22 p.m. ET] A Texas mother who super-glued her 2-year-old daughter's hands to a wall and beat her over potty training problems was sentenced Friday morning to 99 years in prison, a Dallas County felony records department district clerk said.

Elizabeth Escalona, 23, will be eligible to ask for parole in 30 years. She pleaded guilty in July to a charge of first-degree injury to a child, a crime punishable by anywhere between probation and life in prison.

"This mom was pure evil, and her children are better off without her," prosecutor Eren Price said after a judge delivered Friday's sentence. "Her five kids now have a chance to lead a productive life."

Escalona’s attorney said that the sentence was excessive and that an appeal would be filed, CNN affiliate KTVT reported.

Escalona's daughter Jocelyn Cedillo was less than two months shy of her 3rd birthday in September 2011 when Escalona used a powerful adhesive to glue her hands to a wall and beat her because of potty training troubles, authorities said. Three other children belonging to Escalona, who was pregnant at the time, witnessed the abuse, according to Dallas County district attorney's office spokeswoman Debbie Denmon.

The child urinated on herself during the ordeal, during which she was hit in head and kicked in the groin, among other forms of abuse, Denmon said.

Oefelia Escalona, the defendant's mother, testified during her daughter's sentencing hearing this week that she found the girl and took her to a hospital. Once Jocelyn was there, medical authorities noticed severe bruises to her face and head, as well as a severe brain injury that led to her temporarily being in a coma.

At this week's sentencing hearing, prosecutors showed pictures of Jocelyn's hands and bruised body and forehead.

"The entire picture was very shocking," said Dr. Amy Barton, then a child abuse pediatrician at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, choking back tears on the stand on Monday. "I see a lot of children, and this was one of the most shocking cases that I have seen."

Escalona asked for leniency during her sentencing hearing this week, saying she behaved like a monster but deserved a second chance, KTVT reported. Her mother asked the judge to sentence Elizabeth to probation, according to KTVT.

Price initially offered a plea bargain of 45 years in prison, but Escalona turned it down, the district attorney's office said.

Price said that the judge, after learning more about Escalona during the hearing, was justified in sentencing her to more time.

"Elizabeth Escalona wasn't sorry for what she did to 2-year-old Jocelyn. Elizabeth Escalona felt sorry for herself," Price said. "Those tears on the stand were for her and not for the toddler she tortured."

An attempt to reach Escalona's attorney for comment Friday was not immediately successful.

Before this incident, Escalona had been investigated by Texas Child Protective Services but never arrested or charged, Denmon said.

The child welfare agency put all of her children in foster care after Jocelyn was taken to the hospital. All five of them, including Jocelyn, are now in the custody of their grandmother, Oefelia Escalona.

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  1. Stanley

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    October 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. V J Dardenne

    I'm sad for her. Anyone that doesn't naturally love and nurture their children have something wrong with them, whether a chemical imbalance, brain defect, or an abusive upbringing. I think she should be in treatment, should of course not have custody of her children ever, but imprisonment for 99 years? As long as she is not a threat to anyone else, she should work and help support her kids, be available if they want her in their lives later, and try for rehabilitation. Those that say she has gotten what she deserves lack compassion, yet I bet most are professed Christians.. At least try to wonder what made her do such a thing.

    October 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I wonder if you say the same about the Colorodo Theatre terrorist. Was he insane, does he need to be nurtured?

      November 2, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I don't, and most healthy-minded people wouldn't even care to have any compassion for this poor excuse of a mother. No, I'm not Christian, FYI.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Jewel

      God is a God a love, peace, and compassion, but he is also a God of war and wrath! id much raather say that she got what she deserved by her getting 99 yrs in prison and eligable for parole in 30 yrs then anything else..
      It is written.. you are better off throwing yourself into the depths of the deepest ocean then to feel the wrath of God for hurting one of his children!
      and in response to your Chemical imbalance theory.. thats just nonsense.. she use to beat her mother as well... Her mother should have thrown her in jail then or given her the dicipline she deserved!

      March 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Heather Johnson-Lares

    The judge is rite, the tear were for her not the child. Clearly 99 years is justifiable.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrick harris

      why not just kill her and be done with it? If the state is too weak to do it, I will and I wont even charge them anything!

      November 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky Merlot

      @patrick harris: then that makes you no better. If you could live with that, then that says something about your own humanity, or lack of.

      November 10, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cris

    Mom? Term is used too loosely, she was someone for whom 9 months was minor inconvenience to get a cheack in the mail from the state each month...

    November 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. alan fischer

    Send her back to where she came from

    November 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm just saying

      where she came from? maybe she came from Florida, Alabama, Ohio or some place. Don't assume. You can't tell any books by the cover.

      November 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. I'm just saying

    I agree she needs to be punished, but 99 years to too much. 10-15 years and probation seems more appropriate. Children to child welfare services, and the Department that did nothing before this tragedy should be fined and the worker reprimanded and retrained. If they had done the job correctly, the children would not be in that condition.

    November 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moonshyne

      99 years is great. It means this animal will NEVER have the chance to torture another baby again!

      November 10, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. K

    Come on, yes what she did is horrific and I wouldn't wish it on any child, but cold blooded killers and rapists get less time. Take the kids toss her in for 10 years, (7 if agrees to give up full custody and hasctubes tied) and call it done. This outrageous sentence could only be done in Texas kangaroo court.

    February 20, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scarlet Mei

    What a sick animal. She deserves to get super glued on her own prison wall, and if he needs to eat, sleep, or use the toilet, she will do so after tearing her hand off the wall. After she's done, her hands are flies again. Have a good day.

    March 1, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scarlet Mei

      *Glued, not flies

      March 1, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PurePamela

    I guess what is said about Texas "don't mess with Texas" is true! But I have to say I do believe it is over the top like K said above Rapiest & cold blooded killers get way less then that many times. The women is only 23 and had 5 children already, I am just saying there has to be a lot more to this story! She probably suffered from child abuse too. Lord have mercy!

    March 29, 2014 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
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