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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    I tend to regard Hammurabi's codes as a bit archaic. But in this instance, I would support that whole "eye for an eye" principle. Sure, it flies in the face of the Amendment barring cruel and unusual punishment, but that did not stop this sorry excuse for a mother. The state of Texas ought to glue her to a wall and cane her until she internalizes the reasons why she should not have done such a wretched thing to her own daughter in the first place. Sick sad world.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Chubbykinz

      And then let her go?

      October 13, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Silverclaw72

    It's wonderful to hear that the little girl survived her mother's abuses, which she should pay for with her own life, because their is nothing worse than hurting a child.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. clarke

    Forget about the so called mother. How is the toddler doing? Let us focus on her, pray for her that she will pull through this and have a chance at life.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. infonomics

    "Her five kids now have a chance to lead a productive life." Five kids, ten hands ! Wow, we're talking about a serious glue budget.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      and she was preggers at the time.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kudu

    I'm glad sure turned down the original plea bargain of 45 years...

    October 13, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. wildone

    "Mommy Dearest"? They oughta hang the bidge.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Nobody

    People who torture children don't deserve "second chances". Let her work out her issues in prison, or not... I really don't care one way or the other as long as she stays there.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. EVP

    This woman is 23, has 4 children and was pregnant at the time of this incident???????????????? After reading this article and seeing the pictures of this little girl – 99 years isn't enough.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lorraine

    I hope they checked out grandma, the one who now has the kids. Chances are this woman was an abuse victim herself. Those poor children.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. agentxyz

    The Judge is from Texas? Why such a light sentence? Boy Howdy! Shoplifting from a gas station git yer more time then that in good ole Texas. Specially fer what they call Mah-Nor-Tees. Yah know what I mean? Haw haw haw

    October 13, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. octavia

    personally she deserves life without parole this child has to live thinking her mother don't love her...... and no matter how mad u get nothing should drive u to treat a child like this.. its torcher now abuse.. prison should teach her a lesson

    October 13, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kate

    I would like to have heard more about the child who suffered brain damage so severe she ended up in a coma. Will she have life long problems? Are the five children safe with their grandmother and will SS be checking on them on a regular basis? After all, we don't know what made this woman become so abusive. Is she mentally ill?
    I'm happy this woman has been put away for the rest of her reproductive years. However, I think the sentence-99 years-may have been a bit excessive considering murderers often get less time. I would have given her 30 years or so. By then, she would be too old to mother any more children, and the ones she's already mothered would be safe from her.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. kyleoscarflag

    "deserved a second chance"
    With four additional children, she already had her chances.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Alfredo

    Five kids? This is someone who clearly shouldn't have one. Let her rot in prison...

    October 13, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin

    Wow. Just by looking at her you can tell shes a real dirt bag.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
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