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. GreggEsq

    What a disgusting, pathetic excuse for a human being. As the father of a two year old little girl who brings nothing but joy and happiness to my life I cannot conceive of why anyone would want to hurt their child. This woman needs to do the hardest time there is in the worst woman's prison in Texas (and I'm sure there are plenty to choose from in that state).

    October 13, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. TSmith

    FUNNY everyone is blaming her so much.....BUT look at the State she's from~~> TEXAS they take Corporal punishment to a New Higher level there!!! NICE Example to give children so when they grow up they ABUSE their children then you jail them, Eh TEXAS!

    October 13, 2012 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Occidental Man

      It's clear where she is FROM is Mexico.

      Nice try, though

      October 13, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • TSmith

      @Occidental Man<~~ How about the Judge who was caught beating his daughter with a belt? NICE TRY TO YOU!

      October 13, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh Please

      She's not from Texas, she's a Meheekan trying to crank as many anchor babies as she can. 23 years old and 5 kids? If she's not beating her kids, she's on her back making more.

      Well she got what she wanted, she's anchored in the USA for a loooooonnnggg time.

      October 13, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Occidental Man

      TSMITH, the judge's daughter was a grown teenager, not an infant glued to a wall who ended up in a hospital.

      Belts hut. They don't cause life-threatening injuries.

      October 13, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. GW

    Texas is so bizarre. It's too bad Texas and the rest of the backwards states (most of the ones in the middle and the south) can't just separate from the USA so we can have a normal country. The USA would be the envy of the world if it only contained rational and educated states such as New York, California and Washington. Texas, etc., could continue to enjoy their religious extremism, world terrorism, exploitation of natural resources and barbaric executions like their counterparts in the Middle East. It's so fascinating that Texas is just like the Middle East - perhaps that's why they keep wanting to wage war over there (Austin excluded, of course).

    October 13, 2012 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
    • TSmith

      There you go!!! My point exactly!.....Texas always wants to be their own Country.

      October 13, 2012 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Occidental Man

      You are blaming the actions of a former Hispanic Gang Member (read other news sources dummies) on Texas as a state and then propping up California, the bankrupt hispanic-gang capital of the world as an example of a 'good state'.


      October 13, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. biggster

    Love the courts decision. Wished they would sentence people like this in Germany for lifetime. But no, she would have got maybe 3 years on probation or so.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chris H

    well deserved sentence. IF ANY OF YOU HAD READ THE ARTICLE YOU'D AGREE. The mother beat every inch even the bottoms of her childs feet, caused brain hemoragghing, broke her ribs, and then proceeded to super glue her childs hands to a wall ... after which skin was torn from the childs hands.

    Torture is worse than murder.

    99 years is a watered down sentence.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. randomcnn

    I agree that the sentence is ridiculous. I believe she should lose possession of her kid, and do a few years in prison, but this persons life is basically over. It's not like she's Casey Anthony who murdered her child and got away with it.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Judge Dredd

      In a more just world, the mother would be promptly executed to take her out of the gene pool permanently.

      October 13, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Obi Vious

    TAX CHURCHES NOW Her catlick priests just kept telling her "gahd wants u 2 have more babeez" and Romney/Ryan cheer her on. Incentivize birth control = pay single moms to implant long term contraceptives or get tubal ligation.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Occidental Man

      End immigration from Mexico. End welfare for children born out of wedlock and their mothers. These are the reasons she was in this country in the first place having babies at her age. Blame Democrats and liberals.

      October 13, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Donna

    I think instead of feeding her for the rest of her life and giving her a warm place to stay, she needs to be super glued to a wall and beat into a coma.....when will we stop saying ok and start using capital punishment?

    October 13, 2012 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. TSmith

    FUNNY everyone is blaming her so much.....BUT look at the State she's from~~> TEXAS they take Corporal punishment to a New Higher level there!!!

    NICE Example to give children so when they grow up they copy and abuse THEIR children then the courts say; OH MY! Why would you do such a thing? Where did you learn this?" Then jail them?

    October 13, 2012 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Ohreally

      She looks Hispanic to me. You sure she is from Texas and not Mexico?

      October 13, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • TSmith

      No she's from Texas alright.....What Texas doesn't have Mexican Americans? EH?....DERP!

      October 13, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Derp

      CNN is leaving out the part about her being a former Mexican gang member which is in other news sources.

      October 13, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. George Cantstandya

    Of course , she has a neck tattoo. Tattoo people are the lowest of the lowlifes. Bet she smokes too... They usually do. She will fit in prison with the 98% that have tattoos.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Ohreally

      She is a former hispanic gang member. Read other news sites. CNN is news whitewashed with political correctness.

      October 13, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kashbmaryd

    This woman didn't deserve 99 years for what she did. If so, what sentence do you give a rapist or a murderer? This is just an example of extreme justice playing out in our courts. I know it was bad for her to glue that girl's hands to the wall, but 99 years? Is that really justice? It makes the court look ignorant because I'm sure (i would even bet money on it) that there are people in Texas right now, in the same county as this woman, who have committed murder and still got less time. This is a tragedy.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. sidmanification

    So it might just be me but i feel like this woman should be sentenced to a public stoning with international media coverage...just saying

    October 13, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ohreally

    When we reward illegal immigrant mothers of ANCHOR BABIES with amnesty, and reward mothers of fatherless babies born out of wedlock with WELFARE, we encourage unloved children to be brought into this world for financial and other reasons. This kind of abuse is the result.

    PREVENT this by ending citizenship for anchor babies born to illegals, and end welfare to single mothers who have children out of wedlock.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. David

    I thought this was typical Texan excessiveness until I read about the brain damage and coma. She should die.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. TSmith

    Soo why didn't the Texas judge who was caught on camera whipping his teenage daughter with a belt get at least fired? White maybe big reason!

    October 13, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • rationalist

      Because he did not glue his kid to a wall and beat her head in?
      What does being white have to do with it?

      October 13, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
    • oceanluvver2

      you need to define "whipping". I received the belt when I was younger. No problem with that. This lady is a monster-pure evil, who does not deserve the right to use or keep her uterus. I hope that little girl forgets what was done to her. Poor baby...

      October 13, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
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