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. Bryan

    "pure evil" is the biggest cop out in history...this prosecutor is a lazy sack of crap. There is no such thing as pure evil....there is a reason for everything, find out what wit was instead of just tossing around labels you moron.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan (a different Bryan)

      Let's just hope she post-menopausal when she's released (that is, IF she is ever released). I hope she dies in prison, but, like ALL the rest, she'll find Jesus, get saved and BEG forgiveness so she can get out and counsel others, blah blah blah.

      Isn't is interesting that Jerry Sandusky got less time for RAPING multiple children.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • kickin

      What she did was horrible. This poor child will always wonder why mommy did these things to her. Now she will lose her mom and wonder why mommy couldnt get help. She needs treatment. You people calling her evil are not so different than she is. Was she married ? No parents helping her out? Teachers? She snapped ! She snapped and gave in primaly. Like a black out. She will be killed in prison or take her own life. Sadly this child will still love her mom and she will be the loser here for her whole life. I hope she gets adopted by good people. Setting up a fund for her would be great.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • praline

      If anything defines "pure evil" this is surely it. There is nothing anyone could debate or claim that justified this cruel act. Chances are she was abused at some point and a victim herself. So what... taking a tiny girl who loves you with all of their heart and soul, gluing them to a wall and beating the life out of them? If there is such a thing as real evil and that is not it... I don't know what is.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. rick1948

    99 Years?? That's about a year short of what it should have been.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. what?

    Second chance my butt. You are amonster and should rot in prison until you die you dirtbag.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan (a different Bryan)

      I agree. She's already had her second chance. We just never saw what she did to her other children. Those were her second chances.

      And, five children at only age 23??? Good lord. Thankfully, the state has shut down her baby-making factory...maybe.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Good Riddance

    Good Riddance. People who abuse children & animals no longer need to breathe oxygen...

    October 13, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. fred

    She should get life without parol

    October 13, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. hey

    judge saw the tatoo and figured hoodlum

    October 13, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jason

    All I can think of is American Pie 2 where Jim superglued his hand to his dick. Haha sorry....man I know this is a serious news article about the baby and all but seriosuly that was one funny movie.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Jason what are you a ten year old?

      October 13, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • LocNar

      Or The Breakfast Club. Emilio glued some kids butt cheeks together.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. fred

    That woman should have her kids taken away she should get 99 years without parole

    October 13, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Luis

    This is a good reason to believe that abortion should be always legal. This humanoid should have been aborted 23 years ago.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ct

    That's one obama voter off the streets

    October 13, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jimbo

    Gee. I don't understand. My mom did all this stuff to me. If it's wrong, why didn't she get punished?

    October 13, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. dflynn

    If only she'd had help to do this sort of thing before the kid was born, she could have gotten away with it.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. nick

    Some people should be banned from having children, they're only good for spreading their legs and using govt money.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • rick1948

      The two things you talk about being "good at" are completely unrelated.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Murray

      Wow! Talk about Simple Simon. You need to invest a little time researching the cycle of abuse and less time day dreaming about the local single mothers in your neighbourhood.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rick

    Disgusting troll that she is is nothing more than the product of a liberal society. The communist liberals have outlawed prayer in public schools and any mention of morality. If it feels good, do it. There is no right and wrong only a thousand shades of grey. This is the result. I imagine there is only one person that is deeply distressed by this and that would be Obummer. Since she is now incarcerated, there goes another leftist, communist and Democrat vote down the drain. This horrible incident is a sign of the times and the world that Marxist democrats have created for us. Think I am wrong? Look at what has become of our school system since they removed any mention of God or prayer from them. Metal detectors to get in and hopelessly corrupted kids running around loose in them. If the kids had been taught right and wrong we would not have school shootings or metal detectors. If this woman had been taught morality in school even if her parents didn't, then there is a good chance this would not be happening. This world is backwards and upside down. Godless, heathen Muslims are allowed to protest freely in this country but any mention of God is shut out. No wonder this kid of thing happens. This comment will probably be censored or removed by the Communist News Network but then again, maybe they will leave it hoping for the people they brainwashed into being "tolerant" will act in outrage and see this as more Christian "insane drivel:.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • martin

      "I can hear the cuckoo singing in the cuckoo-berry tree..." -Man of La Mancha

      October 13, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • vp

      that's fantasy, and completely untrue.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • John M.

      Yes, yes, that must be it! This problem occurred because there is no prayer in school. I remember when I was in school long ago and we did have prayer in school, and no child in the entire country was ever abused back then.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Murray

      At first I thought you were just being a dufus but by the time I finished reading your rant it was quite apparent that your meds are no longer working. You are just some twisted minion seething with a lifetime of pent up anger over your insignificance. Get help.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • derek

      George Bush and his cronies killed 5000 of our kids in Iraq because his daddy had an unfinished business in Iraq. That's what you call the republican way of raising kids. Oh, excuse me my mistake, you republicans don’t send your kids to wars, you just send somebody else kids to die for your dirty wars.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      The right complains of too much government in people's lives, yet are willing to use its power as the sole form of birth control. I guess that makes perfect sense if you're uneducated and live in the South. Meanwhile, there are murders, rapists, and child molesters that receive lighter sentences.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      really ! Really !! , Really !!!!

      You are stuffing politics into such terrible incident and using it to have a jab at the democrats , PATHETIC.

      October 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ExTex

    99 years with NO parole would have been better. She was investigated by CPS but nothing was done? Typical of the Texas system. We called them about erotic pictures taken of our 2 year old granddaughter by her mothers boyfriend and CPS said they couldn't help us. We had to hire an attorney and go through the family courts to get custody of the child. A judge had no problem taking her out of that household and awarding custody to us. Why couldn't CPS help? Supposedly that's what they are there for. It's shameful the amount of children left in toxic households because CPS just doesn't care.

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