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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    you deserve all 99 years and more, hurting a helpless child. you were probably a brat yourself as a child. youll get whats coming to you.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Who do you suppose you are posting to? This woman is not going to be reading your post. Plus, you have zero information on what has happened to this mother during her life. I am so tired of uninformed heartless, holier than thou know- it- alls who vent their rage on strangers anonymously in these blogs.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Betty Sue at 22

      Go Tristin!

      October 13, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Mary, So if I had a horrible upbringing, I should be able to beat the heck out of you? I forgot, you are a typical liberal. So the answer is no, its not okay to hurt you or your family, but everyone else is okay. Sorry DA, I lost my head(smile)

      October 13, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • lbpaulina

      Reply to Mary. I understand Tristin' s reaction, I do not understand yours. First, here lots of people write to an ideal recipient (in this case this disgusting "mother".) Second, how do you know that Tristin doesn't know Escalona's past history, an easy history to be imagined, by the way?
      You should be focused more on what this sick woman did instead of blaming "heartless" Tristin.
      You are a ridiculous brainless person.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • lbpaulina

      To Shawn. I'm almost a liberal, I mean...I'm an open minded person, but I do not like silliness and superficiality.
      I love values and, to me, a mother has to be a MOTHER.
      Ultimately I'm an open minded person using common sense. I think Mary is either Escalona's mother, sister, or whatever, or she is simply out of touch.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sx

    Ok but......
    A LOT of pediphiles and murderers get lesser sentence than this girls is getting.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      I agree... Justice system doesn't make sense

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

      True....so perhaps it's time to review THOSE sentences rather than hers.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      I agree... Justice system doesn't make sense. This is way to severe a penalty.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Sx – Agreed kill them all. Blows my mind that you people defend a woman the glued her babies hands to the wall then beat her into a coma.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. inertia

    With all this hullaballoo about 99 years jail time, maybe she ought to be super-glued at home and see if she can hold her potty that long!

    October 13, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Shawn

    The woman is deranged and belongs in jail for what she did. However, people get lesser sentencing for murder than what she got for this. I suspect racism was a factor.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Rinsewind

      I agree. She should do real jail time and never have custody of her children again, but 99 years seems excessive compared to what other sentences are.

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

      On the other hand, perhaps there finally is a judge who'll give monsters the punishment they deserve rather than the namby-pamby slaps on the wrist we've all become accustomed to hearing about.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • mcogs9

      Racism was not a factor, she was sentenced in a state (Texas) that makes sure this will not happen again by this woman. Murder conviction in Texas will get you life without Parole or Death. So think it through before you make a comment about Racism. I bet you are a minority also.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. agentxyz

    Texas–too bad they can't be part of the United States of Pakistan

    October 13, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tho other side of the coin

    sick of the MSM feeding you at the trough go to https://www.facebook.com/TOSOTC to see articles videos and posts that give you "the other side of the coin".

    October 13, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. TONYB

    10 years and sterilized ? are you kidding – grow a pair please ! it's about time proper punishments were handed out – let me take a guess , you probably want to save trees too ! liberal pansy-ass nonsense .

    October 13, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Reason & Logic

    No, 99 years is excessive. An appropriate sentence would have been 20 years without parole so that the child would be an adult when she got out. Texas justice rivals that of Asian countries.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Money for all

      No. They would not feed you in an Asian jail. God luck with that.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • lbpaulina

      In China she could never have more than one kid. Also, in China she might have condemned to forced labor. Forced labor doesn't mean knitting for more than 4 hours a day.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Becky the taxpayer

    Oh yah "Open Minded", dont't forget to sue the glue manufacturer and the ER and the police for not helping yoy withYOUR problems. Might as well sue social services too while you are at it. Oddly enough, there will be a "lawyer" out there who will take your case and run it up a flag pole.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Evolved One

    She was pregnant with kid number six. She was 23 years old. There is far more to this story than is being reported. And yes, I would bet the farm that there are mental issues involved. It would be nice for a change for the powers that be to recognize that some folks should NEVER have children. Child welfare really dropped the ball here.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. works4me

    This one needs to be mop handled

    October 13, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Richard

    99 years wasn't long enough.

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

    Another anchor baby having babies?

    October 13, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Humanity4All

    She should be glued to the prison walls for rest of her life.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Reason & Logic

    I've taken Texas off my list of states to visit. You never know what the penalty for a speeding ticket would entail.

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

      ha ha ha

      October 13, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Mann

      Are you somehow comparing what this crazy woman did with a traffic ticket?

      October 13, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • CD

      So you disagree with her sentence?

      October 13, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Good, stay where you at. I just hope you're not in my state you DA. Gluing an babies hands to the wall and beating here within an inch of her life is okay with you. Yeah, you can equate that with a speeding ticket. Scares the hell out of me that people like you are breathing the same air as me.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Jed Clampett

      For our of staters, it's $100,000 per mph over. Or they'll ship you to Louisiana.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Frodo

      So your point is the sentence for gluing a two year old to a wall and beating her was too severe? Nice use of "reason and logic."

      October 13, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • George W. Bush

      Don't worry! We don't target whites!

      October 13, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Ariel

      @reason&logic – I just hope you're not molesting and abusing young kids. And please stay away from Texas and the other 49 states in the US, especially kids.

      Thank You in advance!

      October 13, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Esmerelda

      This is one of the 1st sentences I have heard for child abuse, indeed, most heinous crimes which deals fairly for the victims of crime. I live in one of the Nanny States on the East coast where heinous crime and primal people are considered "victims." This woman probably would have been given 5 years with time off for "good" behavior and then provided with a therapist no working person could afford, middleclass housing most working people can't afford, an income for herself on TANF and the 5 children, medical and dental care people can no longer afford and she could continue getting pregant for pleasure and abusing her spawn at taxpayer expense. You ROCK TX!

      October 13, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
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