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. sigh

    More justification for the mass execution of latinos. Dropping babies, collecting welfare and screwing up kids. Kill em all and let God sort them out.

    October 13, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
    • nisroc00

      What goes though your mind is beyond me? just because she is a Latino does not mean they need to be exterminated or mass murdered like you stated. What you just stated should be enough to put you and your big mouth behind bars as we sure do not need another Hitler running around free.

      October 13, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • 1UniqueUserName

      I sigh for you and your narrow perspective. These abuses are not at all about race, but about a screwed up generation which encompasses all ethnicities. Do yourself a favor, it's never too late to read statistical data.

      October 13, 2012 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Hmm

      What about Susan Smith or the lady in Texas that snapped and drowned all her kids? Those were white people. There are plenty of white people who abuse their children...does your comment apply to us whites? Somehow I feel you didn't think that far ahead. One race isn't better than another!

      October 13, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey

      Here's an idea. Why don't you go make a video of you killing your DAMN SELF...and people can see how your proposal works out on someone deserving it?

      October 13, 2012 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric of Reseda, CA

      Dude, if i had a nickle for every white guy on Death Row guilty of abducting and killing little girls, butchering and eating people , and mass shootings, I'd be fairly well off. I understand the temptation. We're all racist to a degree, adn when the media starts flashing pics of Latinos, people are naturally call for Latino blood. It's an old game, adn it's used against all of us. Chill out.

      October 13, 2012 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
    • DW

      Bad troll, no donuts...

      October 13, 2012 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • louitje

      just another troll. probably a faux noise subscriber.

      October 13, 2012 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Juliette

      You are a sorry excuse for a human being...and I love how you call for the extermination of people at bring up God at the same time. Incredible

      October 13, 2012 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Leif

      Wow. Hitler is waiting in Hell to kiss you. Why don't you join him right now?

      October 13, 2012 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
    • John W.

      I can't imagine thinking there's someone in the world worse than this woman... until I read your post. What kind of awful people have evil children like you?

      October 13, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Johan S

      There are more latinos here than in 1992, yet the violent crime rate and number of murders has dramatically declined.
      Latinos in America reduce crime, not increase it.

      October 13, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Johan S

      There are more Latinos here than in 1992, yet the violent crime rate and number of murders has dramatically declined.
      Latinos in America reduce crime, not increase it. I bet your family would disown you if they knew your character. Your call for murder is disgusting and you should probably be imprisoned for attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. I hope the FBI traces your computer and you get charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

      October 13, 2012 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      This is a horrible crime but 9 times out of 10 she was a victim too...She needs serious help! Life can be a vicious circle...Serial killers, rapist & murderers get less time than this...She shouldn't have her children but she needs help not prison...if you ask me the judicial system is screwed up! Who knows what this girl went through to even think of doing this to her own child! Heart wrenching! She couldn't have had a nurturing, loving environment or this would never had happened if you ask me...I pray for the mom, her children and the people that made her react this way to begin with...

      October 13, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Motown

    I understand that she is crazy for doing what she did, but to get more time then a murderer or a pedofile or even a any other worst.. doesn't come to this... if she was white! I guarantee she would 'nt gotten this much time... our justice system is wack!

    October 13, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
    • nisroc00

      I have to agree your system is whacked but I think it like it more than my countries.

      October 13, 2012 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. kamarasune

    I can't imagine the psychological damage and hurt this will have on this child after being attacked so cruel and vicious by her own mother. I fear we are going backward as a species 🙁

    October 13, 2012 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Terry Brookman

    In the Muslim world mom would get off and the girl would be sold to some old man to molest and turned into a suiside bomber.

    October 13, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
    • david

      You are a disgusting human being Terry Brookman.

      October 13, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Don't

      Distort the Muslim world into being similar to the world you grew up, and currently exist in, loser.

      October 13, 2012 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. zhxf001

    Where was god and Jesus when she was doing this? Maybe Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny can help.

    October 13, 2012 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Where

      WERE YOU?! Where were the peple of your hate bassed anti thesis to religion?? "No"? It seems to me all that I read and hear anymore is you intolerant morons spewing your childhood problems over your mommy and daddy taking you to church all of the time. Why don't you find something more productive to feel good about other than your sickening intolerance and generalizations, IF you can that is. I highly doubt your ability to do so, and the abilities of others like you. Your no better than any religious nutjob.

      October 13, 2012 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Max

    Too bad Casey Anthony didn't live in Texas.

    Superglue and beat your child – 99 years.

    Kill your child, go to a club to party, wait a month to notify anyone your child is missing, and lie to police – fully acquitted.

    October 13, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. XYZ

    Damn it! Obama has just lost another vote. These welfare trashes keep getting incarcerated. 🙁

    October 13, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      You are a disgusting human being, trying to politicize this horrible incident.

      October 13, 2012 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Fifty-Three

      Percent of the nation is on welfare? Is that what you are saying, Romney backer? Hmmm seeing as how the GOP has house and senate majority right now, I don't really feel a need to argue with you. Your statement is easily defeated by itself, and if it were factual well damn...we could look forward to a Romney Presidency, and then a Democrat controlled house and senate again, and get things moving in the right direction. Thanks for being so simple minded. It really does keep things simple. Oh that' right DNC conventions just don't have a plethora of welfare recipients do they. tsk. Better luck next time. Hey btw, now that your party is "streamlining" government, that means les public sector jobs, and LESS state welfare...not to mention Social Security is a welfare program. No...not everyone "paid into it.".

      October 13, 2012 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
    • runner305

      Anyone who tries to make a cheap political point out of a nonpartisan story is a FOOL.

      October 13, 2012 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. david

    They should super glue this woman's hands to a wall and let a bunch of abused children take turns letting out their aggression.

    October 13, 2012 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
    • runner305

      Yes, fight fire with fire. How very obtuse of you.

      October 13, 2012 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. PaulC

    Twenty three and 5 kids. Does anyone see a problem here?
    She should have had her tubes tied after one or cut off from social benefits. I would give her a choice: either tie your tubes or you pay for the children. She has the right to have children if she wants but society should also have the right to deny support. Can you say "tough love"?

    October 13, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. "Everything

    will be alright once we get to Tere As' Lene... LOOK AT THESE PEOPLE!! THIs PLACE IS CURSED!!!"

    October 13, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. XtremelyLoud

    99 years, really! Murderers and rapists got a lot less than that. So much 4 our trust in the judicial system.

    October 13, 2012 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. hoodinki

    Sandusky didn't even get a sentence this harsh, and he had dozens of victims over many years.

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

    Would the woman have gotten a lesser sentence if she killed her child? What if she was white? What she did was wrong, but 99 years? How much will it cost tax payers to keep her in jail?

    October 13, 2012 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Spunky DerWondermonkey

    Texas Toast!

    October 13, 2012 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. JK

    How ironic, her sentencing is more severe than murderers or rapists.

    October 13, 2012 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark Wells

      My toughts exactly.

      October 13, 2012 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
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