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. scranton

    Don't mess with TEXAS!

    October 12, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hoofhearted

    That sentence is ridiculous. The ultimate goal should have been to get the mother on the path to redemption with the hopes of someday reuniting her with her child. As it stands, the child will be left serving a life sentence of her own.

    October 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beadlesaz

      Hoof – you're joking, right? Did you read what she did to a two-year-old CHILD. She beat her into a coma, glued her hands to the wall, and more. This woman is beyond redemption.

      October 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • teresa

      Did you not see the picture of the little girl in a coma fighting for her life because of what her Mother did to her. ARE YOU CRAZY!!! I hope that every day for 99 years she get's her ass beat in prison.

      October 13, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Marie, Vancouver

      You're kidding, right? Why on earth does this woman deserve a second chance? If she serves at least 30 years in prison, she will thankfully be too old to have more kids by the time she gets out, and her 5 (count'em – 5!!!!!!!!!!!!) kids will be old enough to defend themselves against her.

      October 13, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • lagtat

      No the ultimate goal should have been a bullet to the head, then dump the carcass back across the border to that cesspool to the south.

      October 13, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • maestra730

      Don't be ridiculous. Escalona's character is set for life. There is more to this story than the nationwide media is reporting. I live here in the DFW are where Escalona is from, and she gave local interviews here where she presented HERSELF as the victim in all of this. She was arrogant and defensive and only cried when she sat in front of the judge. She is a monster and would eventually have killed one or more of her children. Go peddle that lenient "redemption" bullcr@p somewhere else.

      October 13, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • maestra730

      Don't be ridiculous. Escalona's character is set for life. There is more to this story than the nationwide media is reporting. I live here in the DFW area where Escalona is from, and she gave local interviews here where she presented HERSELF as the victim in all of this. She was arrogant and defensive and only cried when she sat in front of the judge. She is a monster and would eventually have killed one or more of her children. Go peddle that lenient "redemption" bullcr@p somewhere else.

      October 13, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • dany

      I agree, way too harsh of a sentence..

      October 13, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. w5cdt

    Hopefully she is now out of the gene pool.

    October 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rob

    @GenericMan

    Why dont you shut the f*** up a**hole

    October 13, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ash

    She should get a bullet in the head and safe the Tax payers money!

    October 13, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nessey

    99 years is excessive. Even Sandusky got less time then that.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. die die

    i wish there was a way to detonate the reproductive organs of monsters like these before they got a chance to breed. pre-justice.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. GMAN

    What deluded liberal IDIOT would EVER think that this genetic bottom dweller could be saved or deserves a lighter sentence?! MANY children should NEVER be sent back to their poor assed loser breedmeister parents! Send them to homes OUTSIDE the ghetto and start enforcing licensure for ALL people to qualify to have kids! Why are these morons allowed to breed and continue polluting the gene pool and killing children? This was not a just punishment because this idiot will not be worked to death in the fields!

    October 13, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nessey

    Where are the fathers of these kids?

    October 13, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. aladdin sane

    Sentence seemed ridiculous for just using the super glue. But looks like she has a history of abusing her children. So good riddance to her. Kids and society definitely better off.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. michael

    I hope she gets put in gerneral population.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Obama Mama

    Just have to say the cardiac Cardinals just scored 4, winning 9-7 in the bottom of the 9th. Whew. nail biter.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. me

    Hallelujah! Finally it seems a correct sentence for a child abuser! Kudos to the judge that sentenced her to 99 years!

    October 13, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Obama Mama

    The cards just won oh my. wheeeeeeeeeeeeee. Man it was a game. The washington crowd was stunned. What a comeback! They never quit.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • reyna

      i was checking out this girl who got 99 years and then I saw your comment and I was like... I KNOW DID YOU SEE THAT GAME THE CARDINALS WERE DOWN 6-0 AND THEY CAME BACK AND WON 7-9!!! THAT WAS A GREAT GAME!!! I WAS ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT!!!

      October 13, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. JStew

    I can't believe that there are people that are actually defending her SMH... I'm sorry, if you do the crime, you do the time period. The judge had the right according to law to sentence her for all that time.....

    October 13, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
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