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. GT66

    "All five of them, including Jocelyn, are now in the custody of their grandmother, Oefelia Escalona." Right, give them to the woman that created one monster already.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. v.

    Grandma is going to need all the help she can get to raise 5 children. Does anybody know how to contact her? or If I fund has been created for her and the kids?

    October 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. UndertheBridge

    The children of the monster are placed in the custody of the woman who raised the monster.
    I see something terribly wrong with this picture. We need well run foster care homes. Places where
    children are safe. Cared for and counseled by interns who are studying sociology, psychology, nursing
    and child care and education. We send so much money overseas and can't even properly take care of
    those most in need in our country. Makes me ill.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jally

    Why not just tie her tubes and prevent future issues with this woman? It's not
    taking away someone's freedom if that person has already harmed someone.
    Should be a law to sterilize men and women who just can't be parents. That seems
    the compassionate thing to do for them, their unborn children AND society.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jon

    The issue is "intent". She intended to do severe harm to the child, as well as emotionally damage her because of the potty training thing. Sometimes, in the act of raising children, a parent can make a mistake, or accidentally harm a child. But this is completely different. The punishment fits the crime in this case. Proper parents need not fear a judge coming down on them because a child accidentally gets cut in your care, or get a bump on the head. They know the difference between accidents in daily life and child abuse.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fellow Texan

      Amen to that! There IS a DIFFERENCE between 'mistake, accident' and doing something INTENTIONAL.

      October 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Walter Weinzinger

    I think it's fitting that the punishment puts her away for the rest of her child-bearing years and guarantees that her children will be grown adults before they have to deal with her again.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Akim

    The punishment is sever but on the other hand she is 23, have 5 kids, this one is two years old,means she started popping them at the age of 16 or what? Isn't this mess? At the age of 16/17 what kind of mom one could be?

    October 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mycenia

      A good one. I know several wonderful mothers who had children far earlier than they should have. It's all in how they are raised and the standards they are held to after the fact.

      October 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      A good one? What? ???? She is a monster. She is where she needs to be.

      October 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • WOw

      All you have to do is give a kid an M&M when they go potty. It doesn't take long for them to put two and two together. Potty = M&M. One bag will last two week.s

      October 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph M

      5 kids at 23 years old. No mention of a husband, or fathers of the kids. She needs to be sent back to Mexico and put in a brothel, because...let's face it, that is what she is. One good thing though....she wont be leeching off the government anymore.

      October 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • youngmom

      I was a young mom (age 17) and I was/am a very good mother. I didnt go out and party, I worked and took care of my kids. Not all young moms make bad decisions with their children. Your comment was unfair. There are older parents who do the same types of things as this gal. Age had NOTHING to do with it.

      October 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Give it to them hard

      I think what Mycenia was saying is that at the age of 16/17 there can be good mothers out there.. not that this mother was a good one (which she clearly is not)! and as for Ralph M... you seem like a racist dip wit. Just because she is Hispanic, you have the audacity to say to send her back to Mexico?!?!?! If you know your history buddy Texas was Mexico until the Anglo Saxons took it away! So get your facts straight Ralphie!

      October 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM1953

      My mother had no parents to guide her. She was married at 15 and had 4 kids by the time she was 20. She had a total of 10 children of her own and raised three more besides. She was a dedicated mother who would have died for any one of those children

      October 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mycenia

    I am a little perplexed by the time frame. Murderers and rapists get often get less time. And it's not that she doesn't deserve a long stint in jail, but our justice system is so unbalanced. This is a perfect example as to how.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElisabethinCA

      I agree with you. I think she is a monster and shouldn't be able to be around her children unsupervised, if at all. And she definitely deserves time, but she is 23 and gets 99 years? Really? There are lots of child molesters and murders are out on the street after doing a few years and then let out for “good behavior” There is such a disparity in our justice system between the rich and poor. And I am not advocating for her to have leniency, I don’t think she deserves anything good, but giving her 99 years is just ridicules.

      October 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Don't mess with Texas

    Wow.....long time. I hate child abuse, but this seems excessive.

    Permanently take all the kids away. Put her in jail for 10 years. But 30?

    October 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • rocket scientist

      and after 10 years when she comes out she will have 5 more

      October 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephani

      To often children fall through the cracks and its after the childrens death people say "something should of been done". This child was on the brink of death 99 years is very just. Does the child have to die first before a 99 yr sentence seems correct? I don't believe so and I feel if stiffer penalties were handed out maybe there would not be so many headings about tragic deaths of children.

      October 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElisabethinCA

      Stephani – That is what they thought the death penalty would do (I am not saying I am against the death penalty) but it hasn't stopped anybody from committing murder. It just makes murderers try harder not to get caught. So how is a sentence like this going to stop anybody from child abuse? I don't think that when someone is abusing a child they stop and think "wow I might get 99 years for this I better not". Unfortunately and it has been studied for years, harsher sentencing guidelines do nothing to prevent crime, they just cause a disparity between rich and poor.

      October 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patrick

    I have a feeling she will be getting another more serious punishment, and it won't last 30 years, once some "Mothers" get a hold of her

    October 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pablo

    I am all for second chances but when you glue a 2 year old to a wall and nearly beat them to death, you don't get a second chance. I wonder what else she has done to the kids with her creative punishments. She is pure evil and the kids need to be safe.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jimmie

    I'm sure she will get some EXTRA punishment in prison. Convicts know how to deal with child abusers.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joni

    You have got to be kidding me. They placed the children in the custody of their maternal grandmother???? This is a woman who thought her daughter should have been given probation for the abuse she inflicted on Jocelyn.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Missy

      That was my first thought too. It may not have been the children's grandmother that warped their mother but why take that chance? I have to admit I have never heard of anyone gluing their child to a wall. Now where did she come up with that one?

      October 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElisabethinCA

      You do know that it was she who found her granddaughter like that and rushed her to the hospital and turned her daughter in for child abuse right? That monster is also her daughter. She wants her daughter to get help not to get 99 years in prison when a stranger could have molested that little girl and gotten less than half of that. And before you accuse me, I am not saying in any way shape or form that she should have gotten probation; in fact she deserves severe punishment. But 99 years is ridicules. She shouldn't ever have access to any child let alone hers; she should also do some time. But 99 years...Anyway if you get all the information on the story the Grandmother is a good choice for the children. Just because your daughter did a horrible thing and you want her to get some help whether that is realistic or not, doesn't mean you can't take good care of your grandchildren. I guess it is easy to judge others with little information and when you’re sitting behind your keyboard. And to blame the grandmother for her daughter’s crimes like she didn’t bring her up right is just asinine. We can bring our children up with the best values in the world, but ultimately as an adult; the responsibility is on them to live with those values.

      October 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JT

    A murderer or a rapist gets far less time than this. Why?

    October 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      Because she glued a toddlers hands to a wall and nearly beat them to death in front of her other kids. Dummy

      October 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT


      Get back across the boarder where you belong and take your family with you. You are part of the problem in this country. And I ask you how is a muderer any better than this Mom?

      October 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ryan

    Good. I hope she rots slowly in prison and I hope she gets everything coming to her + prison justice. The worst type of prisoner to be is either an ex-cop or a child predator/abuser. Being that she's the latter, A death sentence would be kinder than what's she's getting.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
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