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. OJ hater

    OJ kills 2 people, walks. This woman is criminal but compare it to OJ ?

    October 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • E Rollins

      On killed 2 adult. That baby didn't even have a clue!!

      October 12, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert martin

    Finally, a mother gets what she deserves for abusing her kids. No phony post pardon depression here as an excuse.

    October 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • rafael

      I don't think she would be depressed if she were pardoned.

      October 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Esquela

    Esquela.... nufff said

    October 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Esquela

      Escalona, esquela, garcia, all sound the same.

      October 12, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. E Rollins

    Glue her to a Wall and let me at her! Poor precious baby girl! What is wrong with her?!? A two year old!!!!!

    October 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • When you say

      "Glue her to the wall and let me at her!" You're not suggesting...ya know...some sort of...tender moment with her are you?

      October 13, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Melissa


    October 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gene

    Glad those kids will be able to lead a "productive" life down in Texas.

    October 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dina Marie Schon

    Finally a child abuser that receives a "just" punishment...but Sandusky...30 years...realy...that evil pig should have gotten the full 400 years in solitary...

    October 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. galpal

    Sterilize her, please!

    October 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 1helluvatym

    The underlying story to me, is the grandmother has the 5 kids now. Isn't she the same woman who raised the daughter from hell? What chance do those 5 have at a good life? None. If they really want the kids to shine, they'd find better accommodations.

    October 12, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LBGa

    I believe she got what she deserved. Though against Sandusky's 30-60, something doesnt balance. I know, even 30 will probably (hopefully) put him down, if he doesnt meet some other more painful demise. I think someone had their thumb on the scale.

    October 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mlg4035

    Throw away the key on this one...

    October 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Linda

    unfortunately I don;t think the grandmother is qualified to care for these children. Adopting these children to homes that want to fully love, educate and discipline these children should be considered. it is not always true that blood is thicker than water.

    October 12, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. James PDX

    So the grandmother, who only thought the mother should get probation for this horrific child abuse, is now in charge of these children's welfare? Priceless!

    October 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • VegasRage

      Prison is a great place for her

      October 12, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marcel

    This creature has five kids?

    October 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Simple thing to solve this. Super glue her hands to the wall and beat her and kick her!

      October 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. delilah

    This female should be sterilized then have her hands and feet super glued together then let her try to run from the beatings she's going to get in prison. Hopefully they will "teach" her a potty training lesson.

    October 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Not me.
      I am thoroughly appalled that anyone would write such a post under my name.
      I post in light blue only; this is a hijacking troll that hasn't the guts to post what he thinks under his own name.

      This woman deserves each and every year that she was sentenced.

      October 12, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
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