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. dmax

    At the least, folks guilty of violent crimes should be sterilized. Regardless of gender. They've abdicated the "right" to be parents. This is an excellent example.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • drinker75


      October 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cherries

      I second that!

      October 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lindaluttrell

    I'm for making the punishment fit the crime...super glue her butt closed and let nature take its course...

    October 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • rgcnn

      brilliant, I am all for it

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

      Then you are no better than Ms. Escalona

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

      That puts you at the same level of this evil monster.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • disna

      I am glad she got the sentence given to her. I cannot imagine why she would glue the little girl to the wall because of potty issues and beaten her. The mother has issues and the time she gotten to serve will give her plenty of time to think. I do not feel sorry for her.

      October 18, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. The Rational Thinker

    This sentence is excessive. Realize that our justice system is imperfect, and it has a long history of locking people away for life while they were later found innocent through DNA or other means. Though this woman seems to be guilty, and while I am not advocating that this woman should continue to raise five children, the defendant was found to have a drug and alcohol problem. A more appropriate sentence should have been a maximum of 10-20 years with drug/alcohol counseling. She would be punished, not raise her children, cure her addiction problems, and not cost the taxpayers $70k/year for almost a hundred years. Unfortunately, this country doesn't believe in rehabilitation. It would much rather lock someone up and throw away the key.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • drinker75

      Do you honestly think someone like her would ever recover from her addiction. I would bet a whole lot of money on no.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Softship

      Your name says it all – you're a rational thinker.
      Good post.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Rational Thinker

      @drinker, I don't care if she didn't recover. I don't believe in a judge having as much power as this judge had. My best guess is that the sentencing does not follow the law, but was a punishment for being hispanic, having a neck tattoo, having 5 kids at 23, etc.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBJ714

      Paying to have her in jail is more palatable than paying $70,000 to support her next 5 children.

      October 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pamela

      Where do you get your numbers rational? Texas doesn't spend that much per inmate. Plus she's eligible for parole in 30 years. Oh, and she's a welfare recipient, so the taxpayers get to support her even if she's not in jail. $18k per year in Texas prison, or $18k per year and she's out spreading her legs some more, having more kids, and beating the kids to near death.

      October 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dl

    if you're going to call someone a moron, you may want to at least have your spelling correct while doing so... you are = you're not your 🙂

    October 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • choddyroma

      Don't be so anal!!!!

      October 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • NR

      ^^^^ Should've been a rocket scientist.

      October 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris H

      Einstein was regarded as one of the most brilliant men to ever live.... and he flunked out of high school, so please. keep your english OCD to yourself.

      October 13, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessi C

      That's not true. Einstein actually did very well in high school. Why does everyone believe a genius would flunk high school?

      October 13, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • larlarme


      October 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dymxin

    99years??? Hahahaha, that was a joke right? Ok, when you are serious you publish the news.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    If you were to calculate a "weight of excessiveness" by analyzing the proportional punishment this three year old girl received for potty training issues, and apply the weight to her mother's crime of super gluing her to the wall and beating her, 99 years sounds about right.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • robin

      i agree!!!

      October 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ricky

    I hope this sentence gives her enough time to reflect on her mistakes (and to rot in jail).

    October 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rockney

    Although this is a terrible crime I wonder why this Mom got more years than Jerry Sandusky who assaulted a lot of kids over a long period of time?

    October 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Because she is Hispanic and it happened in Texas

      October 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • canary


      October 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kenny Rogers

    Not banasy ^^^^.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Midwesterner

    Although what she did was HORRIBLE and unforgiveable – I also feel her sentencing compared to someone like Sandusky is WAY off balance. In my eyes – both crimes are pretty darn equal and is just another example how screwed up our justice system is. In both cases – nobody died but MANY were injured physically and emotionally and for him to only get 30 years and this "mother" gets 99? Totally does not make any sense....is ridiculous!

    October 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stuart

      The difference in sentence may be due to the fact that 30 years for Sandusky is basically a life sentence at his age.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jamie

    5 kids, 23yrs old. Always leads to good things. Can someone say Norplant?

    October 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. A father of 3

    I would seek the death penalty. This person does not deserve to live a moment longer. As for her daughter there are plenty of good families that would take her in and love her like their own, including mine.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Softship

      Seek the death penalty? You must be a Texan. Or from some other uncivilized place in the world.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • A father of 3

      No, I'm not. I'm a person who believes that children shouldn't be super glued to the wall and beaten to a coma. Anyone who does that should be executed. It's obvious you are okay with it. You must be in favor of this kind of child abuse. I guess you think she should kill a child before considering the death penalty. I got news for ya, it's too late then!

      October 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • MamaT

      I agree with a father of 3, and no, I am not from some uncivilized area. She was going to give her 2 year old daughter the death penalty for not being ready to be potty trained.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Christine

    So the mother wants probation for her and she's the one who was given the kids?!??!?! Nice

    October 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wujingh

    I agree with AMD: 23 years old with almost 5 children, is not a good indication. Elizabeth seemed missing out the learning opportunities of taking responsibility and being a productive citizen. It is sad to see she became such a desperate, incapable even destructive person. The grandmother should take some responsibility and learn from her mistakes, especially she now raises the grandchildren. Hopefully, Elizabeth, and all her children, will have opportunities to learn, practice and grow into responsible, productive and happy citizen. This is the American Dream in spirit, isn't it?

    October 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Upside Down

    she got what she got because she's non-white.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Midwesterner

      Here we go....knew the race card was coming....so typical!

      October 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • A father of 3

      She got what she got because she was LUCKY. Not Mexican, Spanish, White, Black or Other. As I said in my post she should be executed. I think your username says it, you got it all upside down, twisted and backwards. You make this a racial issue instead of an issue of child abuse.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
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