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. xirume

    99 years is not enough and monsters like this deserve no second chances.

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

      Trust me 99 years is plenty, in fact excessive. No murders were committed in this case. And it's going to cost us 40k a year to house this lady.

      October 14, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • DREAM15X

      I agree. This may have been another case where the child was murdered by a parent and we are left to wonder why no one helped that poor child. Hopefully this sends a message to other child abusers.

      October 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. woogiesmom

    99 years is a little excessive. That being said, I hope someone in the prison glues her hands to the bars in the cell and beats the well you know out of her.

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

      how about glueing her butt cheeks together and then beat the hell out of her when she can't drop a deuce

      October 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • DREAM15X

      It is not excessive, what was truly excessive was a grown woman beating a defenseless child who she was supposed to protect.

      October 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Justiceforothers

    Where is the 99 year sentence for Sandusky, Abramoff, Madoff, etc?

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

      Madoff got over 100 years in prison

      October 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • lbpaulina

      If I well remember Madoff got 150 years. Abramoff, who? Jack, the republican lobbyist? This one is making money again with his book of memoirs. Sandusky? Maybe his charming blue eyes and his warm voice convinced the competent organ to give him such unbelievable punishment for so many counts, I do not see other logical reason.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Duffey

    I understand the repulsion the judge felt, but he/she must be impartial. I think the judge went overboard with the sentence of 99 years. I suspect she will do about 3-5 years of hard time by the time this is all over.

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

      Agreed. Especially since she plead guilty. She's a horrible person, but murderers get less time (usually, a LOT less time). All this over-kill sentence does is unnecessarily drag this out.

      October 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • lbpaulina

      You are right, she should get less time: 75 years with the possibility of parole in 40 years. The judge already knew that they will appeal, but in this way she will be free when not able to give birth anymore.
      Giving her a second chance? For what? After 5 kids at her age? The fact that some judges give seemingly light punishments might depend on criminal history, the age or helplessness of the victim and others, between which not showing any remorse.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Mungle Man

      Texas Math is why she got 99.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Greg

    99 years? Why are there people out there doing worse crimes and getting far less time in jail?

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

      Yeah, no kidding! what a joke! She deserves jail time but not 99 years, it's not murder, it's abuse. Other people have gotten out of prison for murder after 15-20 years! Pathetic.

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

      She beat a 2 year old and glued her hands to the wall. She needs death!

      October 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • boriskrunch

      Because this case was held in Texas. I'm just surprised they didn't execute her. But to be honest, I wouldn't have shed a single tear.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • joels2000

      It's a matter of how much evidence did they have to get a clear conviction, the more evidence they have, the more punishment the prosecuting attorney will request. The less evidence – – well, not such a harsh punishment, especially if they are looking at a plea bargin. Since there was medical evidence, glue, beating, someone finding the child glued, plus the kids testifying against mom, it was a sure dunk deal for the D.A. He could ask for the harshist sentence and got it.

      Here is an example, someone who is drunk driving and kills someone might get probation, if the defense attorney could prove that the area where the accident occurred already was a hazardous area, with other accidents and deaths resulted from plain normal conditions, such as a bad intersection or a "dead mans curve." If there have been 20 other accidents in the past year with 10 deaths in the same area...it would be difficult to prove that the death that occured was directly a result of the drunk driver.

      It's all a matter of how much evidence was present at the time of the trial.

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

      I raised 2 childrend who are now adults. I am now raising 2 of my grandchildren. Never once did it ever enter my mind when they were misbehaving or having potty training issues to take glue, smear it all over their hands, stick the hands to the wall (which she would have had to hold them there for a while to dry) and then beat and kick the child....... What is wrong with you people????? Animals are treated better than that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nobody

      There was no evidence presented at trial. She pleaded guilty; so, there was no need for a trial. The crime was brutal, but the sentence was excessive.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JS0055

      the child almost died, how is it not attempted murder?????? it is all the same, but from the hand's of her own mother? And she doesn't deserve 99 years? She deserves death in my book.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • saqra

      did you not read the part where she beat this little child so bad that she left her in a brain damaged coma?

      October 13, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Seldom Seen Mike

      Definitely a bit excessive with the sentencing but it is a little hard to feel sorry for her.

      October 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ben

    Hope she has a nice time dying in prison. Hope it's horrific every single day.

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

      They just might send her back to Mexico for a really really bad sentence.
      By the way, Ryan wants the US to be just like everything south of the US. Catholic and failed.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Trollmaster

    Juju Bean!

    October 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. H

    She has the NERVE to cry! I hope you suffer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DREAM15

      Yes, like the judge should feel sympathy over her tears. She definitely showed NO compassion for her daughter when that poor child shed tears. Just infuriates me.

      October 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JL

    This is the best example yet of our justice system gone awry, by permitting judges to practice who are obviously unable to disassociate their minds from our society's popular opinions. If a judge is not an independent thinker and is incapable of seperating themselves from popular opinion, and unable to rely on a sound, innate ability to use logic and reasoning in handing down their decisions, then they have no business being a judge period.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DV

    Justice has been served, Texas did something right

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

    Some people don't deserve to breathe the same oxygen as the rest of us.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paul

    She should be glued on the wall and get the same beating. People like this should be shot in the head!!!

    October 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anthony

    Unfortunately, we turn away from acts of abuse like this or bullying in school. No neighbor,no relative, no spouse/oyfriend, no stranger came to this little girl's rescue despite what I am sure was obvious parental abuse. If the mother had brothers or sisters, shame on them for doing nothing. When you see a child being hit at Wart Mart or your neighbors little girl has buises, DO SOMETHING about it !!
    Forget Child Services, it is the responsibility of family and community to help protect children. It does take a village to raise a child. I wish this little girl and her brothers and sisters a happy lfe protected bythe angels

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

      Not me ^^^^

      October 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • little mister©

      Not banasy or dazzle. Stop it Kenny.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faffy'sgran

      Totally agree with your post ,what happened to this Child is beyond comprehension, she will probably have issues for the rest of Her Life related to this traumatic beating and perhaps others don't know about.God bless Her and I hope she has a speedy recovery.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Linda

    In reply to any who think her punishment too harsh–I can only hope she NEVER gets out and NEVER gets to see family again.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 99 years too few

    I would feel safer if she was locked up for 198 years just so there's absolutely no chance she ever outlives her sentence.

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