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. tom69

    Animal!!!!!!

    October 13, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. siroos

    Here's an idea, How about a license or a permit to be a mother?, you know just like a drivers license, where you have to pass different tests, how about giving many time drug addicts and paedophiles a vasectomy and a hysterectomy

    October 13, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • gale

      Sounds reasonable to me.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. KinNY

    Hey, I have an idea ... let's keeping handing out welfare checks so more and more of these low lives can go out, get pregnant over and over again, live off the system and treat their children like garbage and then the kids grow up to do the same because that's all they know. Now she can sit pretty in prison and still benefit from the system. Hopefully they place these children with respectful decent hardworking people.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Ohio Atty

      Really... you think welfare is to blame here? You might try, you know, reading about welfare before posting something ludicrous.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. RD Schrecengost

    No surprise, as this woman is a member of a culture that has no morals. Maybe she can make up some bully the baby with beatings and glue in prison, where she'll be with other members of her culture. Human trash cannot hide itself behind lies.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Eyes Open

      So many words for this post... ignorant, racist, uneducated, redneck... It's hard to choose really, since they all apply so well. Posts like this remind me that there are elements of "human trash" in every race, and you are a fine example.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    I wouldn't even do what she did to an ANIMAL let alone a little girl. The sentence is harsh but I think this is one case where she shouldn't get a second chance. I'm sure this wasn't the first time she abused.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tammy

    CASA= Court Appointed Special Advocate become a volunteer and don't just sit behind computer blogging about it..... what you hear and read from the media isn't even the tip of the ice berg.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. RD Schrecengost

    This woman is a member of a culture of racism and hate. She is human trash. In prison she can do beat the child to death and glue baby's fingers to the wall rap. Rap is the 'music' of her culture. Hate with no morals are her culture. This culture is what is responsible for the degradation of humanity. I hope she is killed in prison, so as to save us taxpayers some money.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Eyes Open

      I'll repeat what I said to your last, equally crude post:
      "So many words for this post... ignorant, racist, uneducated, redneck... It's hard to choose really, since they all apply so well. Posts like this remind me that there are elements of "human trash" in every race, and you are a fine example."

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

    She deserves every last minute of those 99 years, and then some. Not only is a child defenseless and scared, but it's your own child, you trash. How can you do something like that and still sleep at night?? Too bad they can't put her in e chair for it, because that's where she really belongs... She's a worthless waste of life that should have never been born.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Corporate Jails

    99 years at 23000 (cost to maintain prisoner in jail) equals 2.28 million dollars. Thanks alot stupid jury.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • leee

      I am sure, her children and any other potential victim of hers appreciates the money well spent to keep her locked away. She is a danger to society. Besides, do the math on feeding and caring for all five of her children (she's only 23, so probably just getting started).

      October 13, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Eyes Open

    "subhuman"? "brown filth"? I noticed your name is "Pastor Cal" and I can tell you set a great moral example for your congregation.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    5 kids at the age of 23. They gave her 99 years to save the welfare system. Earlest she can get out of prison is 53. She be to old to have more.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. cookie smith

    Texas, does not play..

    October 13, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tee

    This whole case stinks to high heaven! The lives of the five kids are in jeopardy unless they are placed with loving parents. The mother while I agree has mental problems I bet that she endured similar abuse as a child. You don't just wake up one morning and say if my child urinates on herself today I'm going to glue her hands to the wall and beat her. That's just not normal behavior. I hope that she gets the physiological assistance that she needs while incarcerated.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      We kill dogs for biting. This was torture of a three year old girl. She's lucky she didn't get the death penalty. Let her rot in that cell. And yes, some people do turn bad despite their upbringing.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      The mother looks like a gang banger. Gang bangers do some twisted, twisted things.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • steve mass

      The tattoo on her neck represents a gang

      October 13, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. karina

    good riddance!

    October 13, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. ali badori

    her photo is on my desktop background ....crying for her and humanity

    October 13, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • @Kurt@

      Oh please... you just put that as your background because you think she looks hot. Shes a monster.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
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