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. Chas

    Let me get this straight, Casey Anthony murders her daughter, hides the child's body, goes out partying and accuses another woman of kidnapping... And she goes free. I'd give this woman 10 years and take her children away. I am also for forced sterilization of men and women who abuse children. But 99 years in prison? No.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Just Me

      Chas, well you know how it goes. If you are White, you get a free pass, but if you are Black or Hispanic, you don't.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • wisonboy900

      Chas....you should endure this type of beating to open your liberal eyes.....

      October 13, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Antoinette

      I agree. What she did to her daughter was awful and her children should be taken from her to live in a safe place, but 99 years which is like life sentence is too much. There are people who much more abusive to their children who do a lot less time. Even child molesters usually do not receive such a severe sentence.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Different state, different sentence.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Me Myself & I

      The difference: pleading guilty or actually being found guilty. This was in Texas not Florida. In Texas the judge determines the sentce.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Hotgold9

      The justice system may have screwed up the C. Anthony case but not this one. It's a 2 year old. That's still a baby. 10 years for super gluing a kid to a wall and beating them? Did you consider the pain the child went though when the skin came off their hands and stuck to the wall? Or how about the mindset of someone who feels the need to torture children? This is keeping this POS of the streets for good so she will never be able to hurt anyone else or procreate anymore future victims. This is justice. But the REAL justice will come in prison when the inmates get wind of her crime.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark


      No......Different RACE, different sentence.

      October 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      @Just Me,

      You hit the nail on it's head.

      October 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. john

    A lot of you are questioning why Sandusky only got what he did versus this psycho mother. Here in Texas, we have a criminal justice system that actually holds perpetrators responsible for their actions. Should Sandusky have gotten a life sentence in Pennsylvania? Of course, but if you have questions, you need to contact the legislators who write the Pennsylvania laws which are seemingly far more liberal than here in the Lone Star state. Do it here and you'll pay the price.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Thats why your crime rate is higher than pa? Because people pay down there? Thats why you have more repeat offenders and gang related crimes? Our liberal state seems to control criime a little better.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. alfranken

    both my 5 yr old and 7 yr old have bed wetting problems as I did too late into my childhood. I put a plastic table cloth under the sheets, along with these square pads that absorb the urine and just simply have to wash the bedding every day. I don't say anything other than give them praise when they don't do it.

    The kicker is that their self worth and esteem are fully intact and I know they will grow out of it.

    My main objective is in tact.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    30 years for molesting 10+ boys, and 99 years for glueing your childs hands to the wall and beating them. LOL!

    October 13, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Malibu123

      LOL? Yeah, there's a lot that's funny about both cases. Jack-off.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark


      And NO punishment for killing your daughter and going out, partying and getting wasted shortly thereafter (Casey Anthony). Surely, it must pay to be a white woman. God Bless the justice system in America!

      October 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fuzzy math?

    Andrea Yates, a white lady also from Texas, killed all five of her kids and wound up only doing six years. Maybe this lady can get some of that insanity too.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Sasquatch

      well you see, the younger a child is, the less their life matters. They just must have went off the youngest one's age. I mean heck, you don't get any jail time for killing an unborn child right?

      October 13, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. BEC

    I find it disturbing that the children have now been placed with the mother of the defendant. I believe that woman learned this abuse in her own home when she was growing up. Didn't anyone think of that?

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

    This is a tough lesson learned for a gangster, drug addict, and abusive mother who after have 5 children had many opportunities to make it right, but chose not to. She reaped what she sowed, JUSTICE has been served.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Just Me


      October 13, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • sybaris

      Unfortunately everyone isn't born to parents that possess exemplary parenting skills, make sound financial decisions and are pillars of society. If you grew up an abused child it is highly likely you will abuse your own child.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. popcorn

    This is why ABORTION should be LEGALIZED.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. jefflazrn

    What is wrong with our crazy justice system? 99 years?!? Way too severe. I agree with the other poster. 10 years and take her children away. 99 years! Insane.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. SPENT

    That is all, 99 years? Hopefully the women in prison will nail her to a wall. Five kids at 23, good god, keep the idiots populated.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • sybaris

      You need to get out of the house more. 5 kids at 23 is not uncommon in white trash neighborhoods.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. linefeeder

    I understand the seriousness of the crime but she would have gotten less time if she killed the child. Unfortunately, I think this is good grounds for an appeal which will be a waste of time and money, and who knows what they discover that might actually get her off the hook? Remember Casey Anthony!

    October 13, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. TONYB

    I would have hoped that in TX of all places , this thing would have been terminated as opposed to imprisoned . I can only hope a selection of her fellow inmates do what the system failed to do . Thank you.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mei

    She needs counseling, not a jail sentence because in the end, her children WILL still want to know their mother. Years later, they will want to know "why" and will want answers and hopefully by then, their mother will be in a better state of mind–but she won't get that way in prison without any help.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. sybaris

    It's disturbing how a lot of the comments reflect a mentality on par with Ms. Escalona. One of the problems of a society built around a vast penal system is the focus is mainly directed towards vengeance rather than the cause. Yes, it was a heinous crime and she should be punished but tossing people in prison cause it feels good doesn't illuminate the underlying issue(s).

    October 13, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Orlando

    I see. Sandusky gets 30 years for brutalizing dozens of kids and this lady gets life. Makes perfect sense to me. Sandusky should be publicly hung.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
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