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. BetterLife

    We are all thankful that Jocelyn and her brothers and sisters have survived this and have the opportunity for a better life not having to worry about the monster getting out of jail until after they are adults. Is the grandmother able to give the children the better life they deserve? The grandmother raised her daughter, who committed this aweful crime, asked for probation for her monster of a daughter, and is still allowed to raise her grandkids. CPS must keep a close watch on the five kids to ensure they are safe in the hands of this same grandmother. I would hope that there is a judges order that the grandmother not be allowed to take the children to visit the monster in jail.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hank

    You get less time for killing a person?

    October 13, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Depends. In Texas, where this trial took place, you can get the death penalty. Or life in prison, without any chance of parole. In the end, sentencing is up to the judge and, in some instances, a jury. That there are variable outcomes is expected.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Brightstar

    This is an obviously mentally sick Latino. Had it been a black person that did this their punishment would have been a six week Sunday School sentence and then parole.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. clarinet


    October 13, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. billytodd

    sandusky got 30yrs for raping 100 boys repeatedly and she gets 100?

    October 13, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Sandusky will die in jail. This woman very well might, but probably won't.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tony

    Yeah I feel the punishment is too much. And I agree she's hot....yeah I'd hit it.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. AdmiralCommodoreSquarePants

    Five freakin' kids at 23! People should be required to obtain a license to breed. Or offer a one-time buyout of 5k cash to anyone under age 30 willing to be sterilized safely. Tons of the poors would take that buyout. The world does not need more hairless simians running around, we're full. Birth control is not hard FFS!

    October 13, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. erin andrews perky breasts

    imagine the reunion in 30 years.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. nc1965

    What this lady did was horrible but that sentence is too excessive. If this was a white woman she would have gotten probation.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bob1

    Justice served. Looking at her, tattoos and lip pin speaks volumes, yet more youth today embrace these negative symbolisms of arrogance, where are we heading folks?

    October 13, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. lean6

    Sure...99 years...she's a monster...but let's make sentencing consistent across all crimes and jurisdictions. How many bu t tholes did Sandusky raid? He got 30-60 years. There are people convicted of murder and manslaughter that will do less time...there are people convicted of murder and manslaughter who will be put to death. Moral of the story is to choose your killing fields wisely I guess. (sarc)

    October 13, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Thanks, but I really don't want the Feds controlling all the courts in the land. If you want uniform sentencing within your own particular jurisdiction or state, feel free to lobby for it. At least you stand some chance of accomplishing your goals, whereas your chances of effecting change at the Federal level are effectively zero.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tim

    I know what she did was terrible, but I thought one point of prison was to reform. And a young mother spending 5-10 years in prison without her family and children might have been enough to make her reevaluate her life. I think someone as young as her should be given the opportunity to change. A life sentence seems excessive. But it is really hard to take her side in any way, so I understand why a lot of people think this was a fair punishment.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • tarlton

      Texas is not a state that believes in rehabilitation. Prison is for punishment and that is all.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • ELH

      She might be paroled or the sentence might be reduced upon appeal. Against these possible eventualities, she should be sterilized to insure that she have no more children.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Krys

      "Mothers" do not super glue their children to the wall and beat them within an inch of their lives! Five kids? She should have stopped at none! I hope they reciprocate her actions to that child on her in jail..where she belongs. JMHO! She was pregnant again! SMH!

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

      I agree with you. Lose custody of children, maybe 5 years prison. But life for someone who is probaly mentaly ill? What a backward place.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      I don't think it was a fair punishment. I think she should be executed. She admitted to this heinous crime, she should pay with her life.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Thanks for the replies. I can't argue with anyone that disagrees with me. And if I were a parent, I'm sure it be even easier to see the other side.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. TheMovieFan

    23 years old.
    5 kids.
    Classy tattoo on the neck.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • life and liberty

      23 years old.
      5 kids.
      Tattoo on neck.

      Well that's pretty good for a Hispanic. She's got 12 less kids and 22 fewer tattoos than the average Hispanic her age.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. jacob

    i say do the same to her then let her rot in jail for ever or maybe super glue all the holes of her body

    October 13, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • LA

      I agree with you Jacob !!! No excuse for such behavior. At 23 you know right from wrong she is EVIL

      October 13, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. aurelius

    It's sad that the US ends us with mostly sleazy people as immigrant. Now, we, the taxpayers, will have to foot the bill.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • saywaaat

      why you think she is an immigrant??? remember mexicans where in texas long before anglos got there.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • rixter

      yes.... your forefathers were probably pretty sleazy.... seems like you have been brainwashed by the media or are narrow-minded and naive or both..... I would almost guarantee that 99% of the people around you come from immigrants within the last several years....

      October 13, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
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