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. crazeelegs

    She is only 23 and has five kids? That's ridiculous. Though I think the sentence is too much for the crime.

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

      Too much for the crime??? seriously? She murdered and tortured a defencless two year...even death would not be too much for that inhumane act!

      October 13, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
    • jake

      The sentence makes sure she doesn't have anymore children. Unless they super clue her uterus to the wall, keep her in jail until she's 70 and can't pop out anymore kids.

      October 13, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • appalled

      After 5 kids they are just now finding out how abusive she is!! Why do they keep paying these nuts to have more kids?? There should be a limit of 2 kids for welfare!

      October 13, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Baseball fan

      You do realize this toddler went into a coma because of the abuse, right? I don't know how much closer to death a person can come, if you can think of one, let me know.

      October 13, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Softship

      Russ, she did not murder the child. Reading the article helps...

      October 13, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • missed out

      Wow, where were girls like this when I was in my 20's, she sure liked to give it up.

      October 13, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      You hurt kids = Death. You molest kids = Death. I'll settle for 99 years though.

      October 13, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Whet a moronic statement!! I never understood the mentality that attempted murder and murder have two different levels of penalty., Just because you don't succeed you get less time. If all judges were like this judge, we would have a much safer world especially for children. This woman didn't just beat any child to the edge of death, she beat her OWN child to the edge of death. If she could do this to her own, she could do it to any child. She is an evil animal who gets what she deserves!!

      October 13, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      Can someone in jail plz skin her neck and remove the gangster tattoo (beating up a 2 year old maybe as a gang initiation party, wow you are a tough cookie). After 99 years, ship her body back to South America super glued to her coffin.

      October 13, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. dpk65

    Justice, and w let murders out after 15-20 yrs. A little extreme 99 yrs., don't you think she would learn her lesson ater 10 yrs?

    October 13, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • mariner v

      Clearly the judge thought that the crime didn't warrant 100years and out of fairness to the mother they thought she might not be able to handle the extra year. This sounds like a very well thought out sentence and so I think we have to give them the benefit o the doubt that justice has been served.

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

      do you really think society needs this chick out of jail after four years? and shouldn't she be neutered?

      October 13, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Gmo94

      The Headline is a little deceiving. It makes it sound like she just glued her daughters hand to the wall. In actuality she beat her to within an inch of her life, then glued her hand to the wall with super glue. After hearing all of that I can see why she got that tough sentence. Is it overkill? Maybe. Is what she did horrible? Absolutely. I just hope that our justice system does more than just punish her. I hope they rehabilitate her so if she does ever get out. she can be a productive member of society.

      October 13, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • jake

      10 years! No way. 10 years in jail and she'd have another 5 kids! As long as courts can't mandate sterilization, women who abuse kids should be locked up until they cannot ever reproduce.

      October 13, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Darren

      Although what she did eas disgusting I do agree the 99 year sentence is excessive you have murders who don't receive a third of her jail time.

      October 13, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • JN1316

      This isn't about her, this is about the crime she committed against the defenseless 2 yr old. I do, however, believe, that murderers and child molesters/rapists should never see the light of day again. Any crime committed against a child should pay dearly...children never fully recover from the abuse suffered at the the hand of an abuser.

      October 13, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. pw1121

    I watched the video of her sobbing in court and the prosicutor telling her to put a finger on every bruise on the picture of her daughter in the hospital' the whole child's body was one huge bruise. I am a compassionate man and try to find a good solution for everyone involved in situations like this but I went away thinking that she may be sorry now but she would do it again.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    She said only god can judge her. Yeah, and people say believing in an imaginary friend in the sky makes them morally superior. Right.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. David crandall

    She has a tattoo (and probably many more) so she probably is a gang member. I don't trust people with tattoos. They are violent.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      You don't trust people with tattoos? That is really judgemental. I have 3 of them. Other than a speeding ticket I have never broke the law. I am one of the most loyal trustworthy people you will ever meet. Maybe you should rethink how you judge people.

      October 13, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Mustang Sally

      So, my tattoos of DNA and elephants means I am what – a member of the violent genetic elephant gang?

      October 13, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. kkdford

    The judge did an awesome job with sentencing this monster. She's not eligible for parole until she is 53, at which time she should have gone or going through menopause and hopefully unable to have more children. Very well played judge.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • KudosToTexas

      IThere's something about justice in Texas that I like. Unlike here in Florida where Casey Anthony walked free after the murder of her child, this Texas judge ensured that this demon mother won't be free until after menopause. Well done!

      October 13, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. sunny

    I am not going to defend her neither I am going to justify this punishment. In this case, both sides are loser, mom for loosing her kids and kids for loosing their mom. My only question to all the reasonable folks here is that would the verdict be any different if she was not a minority? And secondly, what if this trial was in a state different than Texas?

    October 13, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • cpinde

      I'm sorry but you are not very smart if you think that the kids are losing a mother. What this horrible monster did to an innocent toddler is way beyond child abuse, its torture. If she could do this I wonder how else she tortured the children!

      Hopefully this sentence stands and other demons take note of the sentence.

      October 13, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Al

    The woman needs help. I'm certain she was abused. Our judicial system is so screwed up. Its too much about punishment. Our judges should receive jail-time for making decisions like that.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. PertinentStuff

    This is so tragic! And the mom–wonder if she is the one passing abuse down the chain–is she really the best custodian for these kids? God–those poor children : (

    October 13, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Githm

    99 years is a long, long, long time...

    October 13, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Sandusky gets 30 and she gets 99. Wonder what Sandusky would have gotten if he had been some damn Mexican.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. PertinentStuff

    Justice? I cannot fathom how anyone can find justice for hurting a child in this way–look at the bruises on that baby–How in the world can justice be found for that? It just makes me want to cry for the little one.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. commenter2222

    That woman makes me physically ill. My heart goes out to that poor child and her siblings. She deserves every day of those 99 years so those children can hopefully live in peace. But..will the little one ever recover???

    October 13, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Loraine

    I like Texas..Way to go....She deserve that, and much more...

    October 13, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dahlimama

    No comment here about the good folks at the Texas Child Protective Services "Before this incident, Escalona had been investigated by Texas Child Protective Services but never arrested or charged," is not part of the problem here the fact that because the state would have to spend some money to place these kids elsewhere they chose to ignore the fact that there was a big problem here and left all those kids in a dangerous environment? I think the social works who where involved should get the 100 years and never have 1 day of peace of mind for neglecting their duties.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Foxx

      Wow, you have 20/20 hindsight!

      October 13, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
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