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. Amy

    Was this mother on drugs or something?

    October 13, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Wjat the liberal media never tell us about this Non human is that she is probably an ILLEGAL ALIEN! In the story it is never mentioned if she has a HUSBAND!! In the story it says she is PREGNANT! She is not married and is pregnant!! Wake up America. How many more illegals do we need in this country. Stupid people: vote for Obama so he can bring more illgals into the USA. WAKE UP AMERICA! We are losing our countryt!!!!!

      October 13, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. lynnmarie2u

    IMO,the women should never see the light of day again. The children should have been take from the family all together,as the Grandmother asked for parole for the daughter,which sounds like she did not find the situation to be as bad as it was.Another reason why the social service agencies in this country need more not less,workers.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Stella

      You're so right. It's unbelievable they gave the kids to the grandmother who raised the monster daughter and who still defends her.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • bellenoitr

      Unfortunately, if the GOP gets control, not only will we have less social services, women will also have less health rights and control over their bodies.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. bellenoitr

    23 years old and 5 kids? People like this should be castrated. They're not worthy of the blessing a child is.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • acheptler

      suggests you google "castrated" and "where babies come from" on google.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • lynnmarie2u

      Castrated? Wrong gender.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      You should learn what castrate means.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    Death penalty. Glue her to a stack of wood in the town square and burn her alive

    October 13, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. acheptler

    Prosecutor says she was "pure evil"...you Americans are looney toones.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Stella

      Recognize your own kind much?

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

    This woman IS a monster! That poor child. Thank God that she is now away from her "mother" and has a shot at a happy life. So, let me get this straight, the Grandmother who is the mother of the MONSTER is now taking care of these kids? Where do you think the MONSTER probably learned this abusive behavior from? Most of the time, these patterns of abuse are passed down from generation to generation. I hope that the agency in charge of checking in on these sweet children will be closely monitoring their new home environment with the grandmother.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • andyceltics4ever

      That Lady is a Monster but that doesn't mean her Mom was like that, you don't know then don't be second guess...You are a bad person that doesn't mean your Mom was a bad person, too...You are a good person that doesn't mean your Mom was a good person, too...So don't say it if you don't know about a person....

      October 13, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Fernando

    Why all the talk of revenge violence against her in prison? What does it accomplish other than to produce the same kind of satisfaction this monster sought when she committed her evil, sick acts. If she doesn't respond to strict corrections strategies, cage her up for the full 99, but give her some chance of becoming human.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cassarit

    The most terrible thing of all is that if she had only waited, eventually the kid would have Crazy Glued (TM) her own hands together. I glued mine!

    October 13, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. john

    What a little debutante this young lady is. She got exactly what she deserved. We know how to deal with animals like this little tattooed darlin' here in Texas.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. james

    The judge seems to have playing to the crowd here. Both sides are going to spent taxpayers money for unnecessary appeal that will end up in reduced number of years. The administrative judge should keep an eye on this activist judge.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. capnmike

    5 KIDS? She couldn't keep her legs together either! Why is it that the dirtbags in society are the ones who breed like rats?

    October 13, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. itwasntme904

    Is she or her family US citizens?

    October 13, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Will S

      Texas was a Spanish colony and then part of the United Mexican States before being appendicized to the U.S.. It is hardly surprising that Latinos live there.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Hawke

    One more thing-is this yet another example of a woman who has always been on government assistance yet insists on having baby and baby with no means to financially support the children? Is grandmother on government assistance too? These stats are important because there are people who don't believe women on government assistance continue to have children. Some do it just to keep the WIC coming.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. capnmike

    Woman's worse than an animal (animals don't abuse their young) but the sentence is ridiculous and excessive...she should be sterilized anyway. Now we have to support her for the rest of her life? Her kids are stil lalive, but people get sentences way less for murdering somebody. How about a lobotomy.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. kortee

    99 years, 99 years, 99years.....the sentencing parameters were from probation to life....what kind of guideline is that.
    The crime was terrible and deserving to be jailed, but 99 years. Children deserve the best protection, but is this sentence guideline typical with cases involving children? People who commit murder get less time, even in Texas I would guess.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
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