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. conky

    this 'person' gets 99 years and sandusky only got 30? i'm not arguing she didnt deserve jail time, but something's outta balnce here...world is a strange, dark place at times,

    October 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      They are both essentially life sentences... they both deserve the chair

      October 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stella

      My thoughts exactly. 99 for her and only 20 for him.. why not multiples of 99 for him too?

      October 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      Definitely out of balance. I think the judge was grandstanding. Too many times, unjust and too lengthy sentences are handed out. Seems like this woman should have gotten a few years, ten years probation, and counseling.

      October 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      They are both life, she will get out in 30, he will die in jail. In both cases the kids will be safe

      October 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      Sandusky got a minimum of 30. She's up for parole in 30. So they both got the same time should she be paroled then. Also, what Sandusky did was horrific, but he didn't put anyone in a coma. Had he done so, I'm sure he would have gotten more.

      October 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mungle Man

      Ed – the chair is too nice. Just Shoot them, and be done with it.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • lbpaulina

      To Russ. Best counseling: just disappear from society for at least 50 years and go to live on the bottom of the ocean.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • natanael

      You right! sodomizing a bunch of kids is less then gluing the hands and the beating? should be the opposite at least. 30 yrs for the " mom " and 99 for the pervert pedophile.

      October 14, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
    • PVS

      she'll likely only serve 20-30 years and live to see the outside of prison. sandusky will die in prison. why should the judge have given sandusky 300 billion years, then? to make you happy?

      October 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JohnnyInSNJ

    CNN "SoundOff" = CNN's only censors.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kristin

    WHY ARE those children placed with their GRANDMOTHER?! This system is disgusting! Place the children with families who will love and have these children flourish rather than with this appalling family. It's unfortunate that sterilization is not around anymore.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jac

      Why shouldn't she have her grandchildren!?!? SHE'S THE ONE THAT REPORTED THE ABUSE AND TOOK HER GRANDCHILD TO THE HOSPITAL!

      October 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennybabes734

      Why can't their grandmother have them?! What did she ever do to deserve to not have them? Better that they're with their family and TOGETHER as family than split up between families and across the country. I hope that mother rots and dies in prison. What a sick and twisted piece of work to do that to a baby.

      October 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barrie Lee

      Just because the mother was abusive doesn't mean the grandmother is. My sister and I were raised in the same loving home by both parents. She ended up married to a guy and they had 4 kids, who they both abused. She wasn't raised like that, why did she turn out that way? We'll never know or understand. My parents ended up raising the 4 kids after they were both sent to prison for abuse. By the way, my parents took pictures of the kids when they had bruises on them, got them medical help and fought for custody for 2 years before they were finally put away. Don't assume the grandparents are bad just because she ended up that way. Even people from the most loving families can be evil.

      October 12, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • fibergirl

      I have seen first hand what the foster care system does to kids. The system is broken. If a severely emotionally disturbed child acts up in a foster home because they have been traumatized beyond the ability of a layperson to handle, then that child is passed from one foster home to another like an ill-behaved mutt and in the process have no real parents which cause the to believe that they are undeserving of love; also many are abused in foster parents and by the foster care system. . Also in foster care it is unlikely that the 5 siblings will be able to stay together for the rest of their childhoods. CPS is aware of this and rightfully placed the children with the Grandmother who loved them enough to rescue them and even testified against her own daughter to keep them safe. You know nothing about which you speak of when you say they are better off in foster care. Her daughter is not necessarily a reflection of her parenting skills....she could have done the best she could but her daughter chose the path of drugs, and gangs which f*ked up her head.

      October 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • inthemiddle

      I agree that they should not have been placed with the grandmother. Unless I misread the article the grandmother only wanted her daughter (the abuser) to get probation.

      October 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      How do you know their Grandmother wouldn't love them? It was the Grandmother who took the 2yr old to the hospital in the first place. If those 5 children would have been put into a foster home what are the chances of the children being separated, or what are the chances of the children being abused. It happens. The abuse can even happen in the care of the grandmother but If DSS didn't see the grandmother fit to care for the children they would have sent the kids to a foster home. DSS does houes walk-throughs, verify income, and ultimately ensure the security of the chldren in the specific home.

      October 13, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • lbpaulina

      I have a concern about the grandmother. She knew about her daughter, she saw her giving birth 5 times, she saw her abusing her kids, and a certain point she reported the abuse. I understand she probably tried to defend the daughter, but I also wonder what kind of example of life did she offer over the years? Something says to me that this is a dysfunctional family, and kids should be adopted by some loving people.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      I agree. Kids shouldn't be with the grandmother. Abuse doesn't magically appear. If this woman abuses her kids, it's because SHE was abused.... and who do you suppose did that abuse?

      October 13, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jim

    This is great – she deserves this punishment and more.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. smercado

    so heartbreaking! i saw the video and all I can do is feel thankful for Judge Mitchell. 99 years will never justify what she did. I'm so glad this little girl is once again healthy. I hope she can grow up happy and with people who will just love her! As a mother of a 2 year old I can not understand this woman. She is a monster. And I agree, the system isn't entirely broken.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. asdf

    Even for Texas, 99 years for this seems over-the-top.
    The child was injured but apparently no life-long physical damage.
    Obviously this woman is 100% incapable of rearing children, but this is a much stiffer sentence than many have gotten for murder.
    The judge seems to have playing to the crowd here.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sy2502

      Read the article, the poor child had "severe brain injury that led to her temporarily being in a coma." 99 years works just fine.

      October 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fresh

      What would you recommend then? This woman was only 23 and had 5 children, so she clearly doesn't know how to NOT have children. Would you recommend probation so that she could be free to have more kids to abuse. At least in prison, she can't ruin any more lives.

      October 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Thanks, Sy2502, I did read the article, but "severe brain injury that led to her temporarily being in a coma" is not the same thing as lifelong injury (which might indeed have been reported as such).

      Maybe, just maybe, something like 75 years–or 45, or 15–would have been adequate punishment.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Nothing this child could have done warrants what she got. Have someone glue you to a wall and beat you to near death. In fact, just have someone you know hit you in the face as hard as they can with their fist and kick you in the groin as hard as hey can, and multiply that by what this "Mother" did. You are an adult and this was a much smaller, more fragile, defenseless child. After you experience this, see if you think the "Mother" deserves what she got. Why is the crimminal always the victim? It is time for this to stop. Shame on you for thinking otherwise. Don't know how this "Mother" got this way, but she made a choice. Everyone has choices.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • rdsink

      A severe brain injury, especially one that leads to a coma, permanently damages the brain. Just as a Soldier that's been on the front end of an IED. This is why the military tests brain activity prior to and immediately after deployments. This baby is scared physically and mentally for life. As for the woman who gave birth to this little blessing..... complete waist of Oxygen. I'm sure she'll meet some very nice girlfriends in prison who will share some motherly advice.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • photogrrl

      Having worked with numerous children who were victims of physical abuse and left PERMANENTLY brain damaged (vision impairment, physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities, emotional and behavioral issues, medical concerns such as needing feeding tubes because they are so damaged they cannot swallow) as a special education teacher–yes, beating a child CAN leave permanent brain damage. Even if she survived the coma she will likely have lifelong challenges to deal with, because of her mother's abuse. I cannot think of any excuse for this "mother." If she was frustrated by her kid's pottying issues or any other issue with the child (that was in the original article I read a while back, not sure of the specifics)...she could have walked away, left the room, called someone for help. There are SO many ways to deal with behavior issues and parental frustration–beating your child and gluing them to the wall is NOT one of those options!

      October 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Would that really make you feel better, like justice is truly being served if it were 75 years. She's going to die in prison regardless and yes it's probably true, the 99 year sentence is more symbolic I believe than anything. Hopefully it sends a powerful message and prevents potential crimes like this from repeating. I gotta assume however you don't quite understand the severity of this child's injuries. Brain damage IS a lifelong injury and it WILL have debilitating effects on her forever.

      October 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TeddyN

      Sounds like you are someone who approves of bashing a child's head in. If you are a parent, you sure are a disgusting one

      October 13, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
    • JMR

      Lets think about this... A two year old girl hit in the head and beaten into a coma and you think she won't have any permanent brain injury? No educational or behavioral problems in school? Her older brothers and sisters won't have any emotional scars because they were forced to witness the whole drawn out attack? This crime should be considered attempted murder when you punch, kick and beat a small child that has no way at all to defender herself from any of the blows she suffered because she was GLUED to a wall..! And extreme child abuse of all of the children involved. Not to mention that she had been investigated for a past history of child abuse. This was not a first time event.

      October 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    Why 99 years? We don't punish some murderers this harshly. I've heard of worse parental abuse with only a few years in prison. This seems overly harsh to sentence her to die in prison. She is young and has a lot of maturing to do. I really don't think spending $60k/yr for 60-80 years to keep in prison is the best use of our tax dollars. Take her kids away and jail her for 5-10, that seems fair.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kurt

      I agree Mark....that's probably over $4 milion with inflation! This sentence is complete overkill. Don't get me wrong, she needs prison and strict punishment, but not to this extent when comparing to others crimes with this much time.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBJ714

      She will still be fertile in 5-10 years. A chance we should not take for the sake of her yet unborn children.

      October 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      I agreed, I said 20, you said 10 sound reasonable. A series killer may still get shorter then this 99

      October 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mungle Man

      Mark – I disagree. Life is a humain response. A bullet solves the cost and issue.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Pamela

      1. Texas spends on average $18k per year on each prisoner Not the 50-60 you state.
      2. This woman is nothing but a welfare ***** so the taxpayers would spend that money on her even if she wasn't in prison
      3. She beat a 2 year old in to a coma, and super glued the baby's hands to a wall over potty training.
      4. Murders that have received less- maybe the victim was not that "innocent." or maybe those murders deserved harsher sentences. This monster deserves more than the 30 years she'll actually have to serve.

      October 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Josh

    Is 99 years the min (she's eligible for parole), or the max?

    October 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fred

    Oh my gosh. This lady is a monster. I hope she never gets out.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark

    Keep in mind that she only hurt her own children, not the children of others. This was isolated. She doesn't appear to be a danger to the public.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      Oh ok, so since it was her own child, that makes it acceptable? What are you even trying to say here? She not only beat a helpless child into a coma, but also felt the need to make her completely defenseless by gluing her hands to the wall. Just because it happened behind closed doors, doesn't make it right. She deserves to die in jail!

      October 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sy2502

      She ONLY hurt her own children. Which is ok because her children belong to her and she can do whatever she wants to them. She is obviously not a dangerous individual.

      I can't believe somebody can post such nonsense.

      October 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • AMD

      I'm replying to your reply to my post below: Point well taken, but by the same token the government should not have to support or maintain those children. She deserves what she got. How is it posiible for her to work with so many children....just like octomom.

      October 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.

      And that makes it okay?

      October 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • fox

      what are you smoking! Are you kidding me!! if that was your child you would be jumping for joy at the 99 years. The same goes to all you others who think this was overkill.
      she probably wont do the 99 years anyway once some of he fellow inmates get to her..............

      October 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fellow Texan

      Not a danger to society? What are you on? If a woman can do this to her OWN FLESH AND BLOOD, what makes you think she is immune to hurting/abusing/killing someone else (that is not her child), at some point in the FUTURE (if she wasn't in jail).

      For anyone who thinks this monster is not a threat to society, would you leave your children in her care?
      Right. That's what I thought.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      99 years seems far too excessive. She should definitely be punished, somewhere around 10 to 20 years. And for everyone wanting the death penalty you seem just as crazy as she is. Hell lets just sentence everyone to death even people that steal candy, everyone should just be killed what the hell why not

      October 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • hey

      Wow God forbid you don't agree with the crowd of sleepwalkers that take everything at face value do your own reasearch. did he say that it was acceptable? no he said it was her own children making it an isolated incident if she was out glueing random children in addition to her own then shes a danger to the public the punishment is excessive point blank. For crying out loud even the Al qaeda suspects left guantanomo after 12 years

      October 13, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Picaman

      Are you mentally deficient?

      October 13, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • JMR

      Maybe she could babysit your kids when she gets out to make a few bucks. After all, you said she isn't a danger to anyone other than her own kids...

      October 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AMD

    As a hispanic man, this disgust me so that I am more agreeable with the american sentiments towards latinos: 23 years old and almost 5 children. I love my heritage, but damn, this is ridiculous. If I offend anyone, so be it. I have strived to be a good citizen....I am also a retired military, so I definitely believe in discipline. This is outrageous. God Bless America and God Bless our Troops.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      It's either this or installing the laws they have in China. I'd rather the government not be involved in reproduction.

      October 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jac

      Those words of yours disgust me. Not every Hispanic 23 year old has 5 children. I am a proud Hispanic woman, that served in the US Army, my husband was my first, I have one child that was conceived after marriage, I'm a proud college graduate... Don't lump one bad seed in with the rest of us. This isn't a race issue. There are 23 old women of EVERY race that have 2, 3, 4, & even 5 kids, not just Hispanic women.

      October 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ozcanj

      Unfortunently Jac every race has stereotypes that are true. Its not saying that the stereotypes apply to everyone in that race but to more then usual. There are stats to prove a lot of these stereotypes. Its not a racist comment

      October 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      I am Mexican-American myself but CRIME has no race. CRIME is committed by the individual not by the color of his skin.Although crime rate is higher in the Non-white society. BUT there are white Americans who have been featured in the news for similar disgusting acts. I am not racist. I am proud of my heritage but I am more proud of the individual I am, and am becoming. Gracias a Dios.

      October 13, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • PVS

      obvious concern troll is obvious.

      October 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Blaine

    Evil and horrible! Someone should glue this women to the wall and beat her, but 99 years is way to much. The rest of her life? Our judicial system is a sham and this sentence is proof of that. 10-20 years without parole would have been appropriate.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      Even in 20 years she would only be 43 and possibly still able to bear children. In 30 years she would be 53 and less likely to be able to bear another child.I think that was the judges goal, to be sure she would never be able to produce another victim.

      October 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      Most of us think straight, good mental condition, plenty of sleep. But, to a few of these mom or individuals, especially this woman with 4 about 5 kids at this very young ages, she may have to wake up at night 4-5 times to give them bottles, she may have drug problems, she may have other issues that over the years made her a walking dead mom. Her anger, temper, over reaction, etc. point to this route and by giving her the 99 does not help anything. With some help she could still be a productive woman in the future.

      October 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMR

      Maybe she could babysit your kids when she gets out to make a few bucks. After all, you said 20 years is enough...

      October 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Keel Hauler

    "Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children".
    -William Makepeace Thackeray

    It's hard to imagine a more horrible betrayal. Such a little girl wouldn't truly understand why she was being so terribly punished, She only knew that it hurt, and in this case, the hurting was done by someone she probably loves most in the world, even in spite of the abuse.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Camel

    My Sister-in-law tried to kill her son. She was mad at him, got a gun, and shot him point blank in the chest. She was white, had a very good lawyer (given to her by her rich aunt). She never showed one ounce of remorse in front of the judge and she got 5 years!!!!! It's not that I want this women, who was unmerciful to her little girl, walking around. I want her put away for good. But, there seems to be no level field in the world of justice.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      I too don't want to play that card and no need to be a an expert to see it that way.

      October 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Heywood

    Im just so glad abortion wasent an option for her. Deliver them and then beat them. Perfect.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • lestersingleton

      So kill the child before she is born, even a better idea. Hey, here is a strange idea, just take the child from the mother.

      October 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      No, we'd better play it safe. Just abort every baby just in case something goes wrong.

      October 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • JENNY

      It was an option and she should have used it. Or given the child away to a family that would care for her.

      October 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
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