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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soundoff (2,261 Responses)
  1. jamie w

    sorry should excuse of a mother. they should spade her..sad.. god bless those babies.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TODAY

    throw her to hungry dogs

    October 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kenneth

    We can only hope and pray to Yahweh and Jesus that the "mother" has the guts to hang herself in her jail cell.

    Otherwise, we can only hope the other prisoners find out what she did and shank her to death.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nick

    She will make some new "friends" once in prison. She'll become one with a broom handle very quickly.......

    October 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Outrageous

    Jerry Sandusky received a 30 year sentence and this lady received 99 years. Makes perfect sense.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christina

      Exactly my thoughts

      October 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • LT Fang

      Sandusky will die before his sentence is complete, so it won't matter.

      October 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrandonR

      That's because Jerry Sandusky will die in prison, just like this woman hopefully. You need to consider their age in the length of sentence.

      October 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • katinki01

      if he'd have been tried in texas, he'd have gotten more. deservedly so.

      October 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. A. Quatroni

    Oh you wanna cry now? After doing that to your daughter? Go do your 99 years and then we'll talk about it. Bye bye!

    October 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim

    Are people really whining over whether this child will be better off without her "mother"? She has no mother. Hopefully, adoption will provide one for her. Well done, Texas criminal justice system.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sockpuppet1984

    sterilization

    October 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    And Mitt doesn’t want abortions! If this women’s mother had one 23 years ago, 6 kids could have been saved a life time of suffering. We don’t need this woman alive anymore in our society. She’s done enough damage to these four kids. We can only hope the fifth one never knows who her mother was.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chuy

    99 years! I guess everything is bigger here in Texas. Why couldn't they round it up to 100? She going to die there anyway. It's kinda weird how the criminal justice system works here in beautiful USA.lol! I find it hilarious when they say on the news that some has been sentenced to 142 years or 150 years in prison with no chance of parole.LOL! So funny...but I am glad she got this for life! And hope this example comes into mind to those parents who abuse their children with this kind of punishment. Don't try this in Texas...cus you know what you might get.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sara

    I don't think the kids are any better with the Grandmother...

    October 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cindysriley

    99 years and maybe once a year on the anniversary of her sentencing, they can super-glue her hands to the wall and beat the crap out of her. I'm not usually an advocate of violence, but this is truly horrible to do to any person, let alone a child.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. freshnewblog

    Just punishment.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mari H

    What's worse? Being raised by your grandmother or being murdered by your biological mother? The children are better off with their extended family.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Richard

    One more reason why the U.S. should spend $50 billion building a 100ft above and below ground electrified wall between itself and Mexico.

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

      civilized nation my A double S.

      October 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Great troll comment, Richard. Bravo.

      October 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
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