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. patsj

    5 kids and she's 23. Yet another reason why we need free contraceptives and family planning services in the USA.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mom

      I agree with you.

      October 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JT

    I am curious, how long did the child have to wait before the glue set hard enough where she can't move? A bit strange don't you think?

    October 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM1953

      super glue sets very quickly, but regardless of that she was unconscious. In a coma

      October 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Hains

    5 kids by the age of 23. Prison is where she needs to be. Hopefully these kids now have a chance at a normal life.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dad

    Given that this was Texas I'm surprised they took such a liberal approach. I assumed they would have let her off with a warning, or sentenced her to death.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Death penalty cases are given based on the murder of someone plus a subsequent crime during the murder.

      Apparantly you don't know the law.

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

    Just punishment for the crime committed.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tony

    Justice Served...Its about time I start seeing people stop getting away with probation!

    October 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HuPhartNgau

    Bravo Tejas!

    October 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the Riddler

    5 kids at 23?? thats all these beeners know how to do is screw ..... if u breed em, u better make sure u can feed em .... on your own, with out govt assistance .....

    October 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • RiddleMeThis

      as opposed to the white family down the road that has 5 kids crammed in a 2 bedroom trailer smoking meth and living on welfare? The world is a big place, man. these things are not limited to one race.

      October 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM1953

      ,y Mom was German. She had 4 kids before she was 20. She got married at 15. She never had parents who cared about her but she was a dedicated wife and mother

      October 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matt

    so how does she get more time in prison than sandusky? texas is twisted

    October 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • farside6262

      perhaps because she is much younger and 30 years is longer than Sandusky will live...do understand your question on a theoretical basis though

      October 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM1953

      I personally think Sandusky's sentence was too light. maybe it's Pennsylvania that's twisted

      October 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the Riddler

    read it again .... she is eligible for parole in 30 ..... as is san dusky .... maybe he can watch her kids!

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

      For Sandus ky, 30 years is a life sentence.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. trollol

    I'm bet people have asked, "Why 99 and not 100?" In my opinion, life sentences are a waste of money and we are better off putting those unfortunate people to death. Imprisoning someone is usually a means of punishing the person and getting them to think about what they have done and reform with hopes that they can return to society a better person. Life sentences do not benefit anyone and cost tax payers a lot of money to keep these people well fed, clothed, and healthy just so they can sit in prison.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. the Riddler

    leaveit to a beener to do this ..... no wonder the US isnt a major player in the world affairs any more .... god help our future

    October 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. E

    Wow. What a monster. She deserves every single second of prison time that she got. Hopefully the kids will go to better homes and live better because of this.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MrSkippy

    Yeah but Sandusky will die behind bars even with a minimum of 30. There's really no point in going past that.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fellow Texan

    Perhaps she was given 99 years because she cannot be rehabilitated (there's no cure for evil), and she is of no use to society anyway...not that she ever was.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
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