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. Appalled

    After hearing the abuse she laid on this baby (yes, child is a baby) and seeing the pictures, I agree with the judge. Face it, she would do it again if shot got away with it. I am glad she is showing remorse..but for who?

    October 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. edward

    Pray for her and her children because they are about to be tossed around more than salad. Life just got harder for all. Maybe some Repub will show some compassion and adopt....wait, I forgot, they don't believe in that.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJM

      @edward... I can presume, then, that you'll be adopting those kids, since you obviously have the compassion that you say Republicans don't?

      October 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Guest

    99 yrs? Only in Texas. This mother's actions were reprehensible, however, it seems she has mental health issues and needs help in that area, not what is tantamount to a life sentence.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jade

    Sometimes, examples need to be made. The sentence should stand.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sue Thom

    See??? This is why gay people should NEVER be allowed to adopt children!!!. Having both a male and female parent ALWAYS GUARANTEES that the child will grow up in a proper household run with traditional biblical remedies like corporal punishment, beating your child, and even killing them if the little bass turds sass you back!!

    October 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • KimmyK

      the comment was meant as sarcasm truth....relax

      October 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      what do gay people have to do with this??? you are crazy!

      October 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 2001 suzuki intruder 1400

    Swift justice, now she can't octomom anymore kids.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Joe Jim Bob

      mmm...Intruder!...sounds menacing.

      Eventually, some company is going to name their bike "The Penetrator". I will buy that bike!

      October 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Penny Nickels

    She's 23 years old. It's possible she could be released. Wasn't there some lady in France who lived to be 122 years old?

    October 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Joe Jim Bob

      OMG, that was my mom!

      October 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. truth

    excessive? her lawyer needs a life!!! i would have sentenced her to death by stoning and burn her at the stake! i just can't imagine how a mother would ever hurt her child in such ways.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernie

      You can move to Afghanistan, I'm sure there your sentence would be acceptable.

      October 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    I have a young daughter who is almost 2. I can't imagine doing anything so cruel to such an innocent little thing. If I saw this woman acting this way, it would take everything I have not to knock her out! Violence isn't the answer, I know... but beating a 2 year old?!? Disgusting!

    October 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kasie

    This story is horrible. I feel so bad for her all of the children in this household. I am sure that this is not the only child abuse that has taken place. I think that she deserves 99 years. Hopefully now she won't have the opportunity to hurt anyone else.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fellow Texan

    Crying on the stand while she recounted/testified what she did to the child does NOT equate to 'remorse' – in my opinion.

    The monster did say 'she didn't deserve that' (of course, she's going to say that in court) as she probably thought that's what she 'should say', however, I feel that if she was truly remorseful, she would have said she (the monster) DESERVES the 99 years (and then some).

    The judge should have added insult to injury, just as the monster did (literally) to the baby by glueing her hands, on top of already causing her so much pain), by sentencing the monster to "99 years in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT".
    This monster will never be rehabilitated, which for all intents and purposes, renders her worthless to society (not that she ever was).

    October 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. freesol

    Why people so angry?? Let the little girl to decide, when she is old enough, whether forgive her mother or not. I am sure she would not with her mother spend 99 years in prison, or even death.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kasie

      Are you seriously asking why people are so angry???? What is wrong with you?

      October 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cherries

      Look at the pictures! How can that not make you angry??

      October 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bruce

    "All five of them, including Jocelyn, are now in the custody of their grandmother, Oefelia Escalona." Really? Where do they
    imagine Elisabeth Escalona learned her mothering skills?

    October 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jade

      This is automatically her mother's (the grandmother) fault? You don't at all think that maybe the immature 23 yr old with 4.5 children was just an irresponsible and horrible mother?

      October 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Evelyn

    I can't even explain how much my heart is smiling right now. This woman doesnt deserve anyone's pity. I can't even imagine how scared this baby must have been and to think the one person she shouldn't have feared, the person who is suppose to chase away the fear is the one to inflict it. She is the poster child of a true monster. My heart goes out to this little girl and all children that have to suffer abuse at the hands of their parents. Honestly, 99years isn't enough in my opinion.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Julie Labrouste

    So we all know that there are far too many people who have absolutely no business bringing-about the birth of a child, but they do it anyway, right? What do we do as a society? O.O I very much WANT to take steps to prevent these horrors, but no matter what we come-up-with, people will immediately ATTACK EVERYTHING that is proposed until we’re back to where we are now … doing NOTHING but lamenting about yet another child that has been so viciously abused. And just to throw an example out there, what about a law that requires ALL guardians to, AT LEAST, have psychological tests in an effort to determine if these guardians have significant and potentially abusive mental illnesses? We could even say that they won’t lose their kids, but that they AND their children would need to be in periodic contact with professional mental health workers to do what we can to try to prevent this horrific abuse of children.

    So what’s the problem with that potential solution?

    Well brace yourself, because there are plenty of people out there that will INSIST on shooting down EVERY potential solution for one reason or another until we’re right back doing NOTHING but lamenting the abuse/death of yet another child. These people will claim their right to have children, that mental health workers can’t be trusted, or that, if this is done by the state, that they are incompetent and can’t be trusted, and that the costs are too high, and anything and everything they can … at the same time, we all still keep hearing the transparently empty claims made by politicians when they say, “Children are our most precious resource”, just to get elected.

    What’s the result?

    As always, NOTHING, is ever done to TRULY protect children, either from abusive parents, or the abuse inflicted by other children, etc.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
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