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. darketernal

    At 2 years old you dont even now what toilet is, getting a abusve beating that sends you into the hospital at THAT age of this proportion, and then super glueing the undeveloped hand, that mother is nuts!!!

    October 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. shrinktofit

    Neck tattoo, piercings, abusive boyfriend(s), abusive parent. Not complicated.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. inathens

    She was horrible and deserved a severe punishment. But this is way more than some murderers and rapists get in this country. I wish this judge could oversee a lot more criminal cases.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. j

    she should have got the death penalty

    October 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Angel

    Absolutely no excuse for child abuse...she got what she deserved!

    October 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Melvin Painter

    Check out another wonderful future democrat voter by searching "madera shaken baby"

    October 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bonez

      This isn't about democrats or liberals nationwide, this is about a stupid young mother who senseless brutalizes her little child for making a harmless mistake. You don't know if she an Obama or Romney supporter. So why don't you take your poisonous anti-Democrat garbage somewhere else so we can all stay on topic for gods sake.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Way to bring politics into it funny guy! let me ask you a question, is there anything that ever occurs in the course of one day that doesn't make you feel compelled to make some sort of idiotic "red vs. blue" comment? People like you are a disease in this country.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ram

      That is pretty lame and puts you in a really low category of human that you would lump so many people into a category they don't deserve to be in. So shall we say she is a future Republican voter? No, I wouldn't say that since all of either group aren't awful, rude, or ignorant. Could you be polite and stay on topic? Guess not, apparently.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • trina

      this mother or should i say so-called mother... disgust me!!!!!they should super glue her 2 the wall!!!what she did was beyond cruel!!!

      October 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shelle

      Do you honestly think that people like this vote in the first place? Get a clue.

      October 14, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. Irwin

    The libs must be proud of this welfare trash!!!!! 🙂

    October 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ram

      And your family must be proud of you for your intelligent comment. Nah, probably not.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alex

    I am right wing and even I would never dare say that about your "average" Democrat voter! GOSH! You think about half of your country are like that?

    October 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ram

      It seems to be easier for some to make silly political comments than to post reasonable comments, Alex. I wouldn't say that about either side, and this isn't about politics in the first place. You are right to point that out...it isn't about what party a person is in, but about not making nasty, divisive comments.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mandy

    Thank God! Lock her up and throw away the key. I cannot believe how many parents are out there commiting unspeakable acts and abuse to their children. It's so sad, I read a new horrifying story everyday. I would hope some loving family members would come and take care of her other children so they are not separated.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. QZ

    I think she should get about 10 year sentence because many murders get about 10 year sentence.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • MurphysLaw

      Really? How about she should still get the 99 year sentence, and all the murderers get 99+ years or death penalty with no appeals?

      October 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    This woman deserves the death penalty. When will our country wake up and start demanding justice for those who cannot protect themselves. We must put FEAR into the hearts of these evil people who cause so much pain.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dad0seven

    Put her on probation and send her to Arkansas. I hear Charlie Fuqua is needing votes for his Republican run for state representative.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scott Tibbs

    Unbelievably horrific. How can someone do this to a child?

    October 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. C. Ward

    She deserves every moment of that 99 years. How cruel she is and no remorse... no shame. I hope that child never endured another moment of cruelty at the hands of adults who are supposed to love and protect her.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      I hope not too, but I notice that the kids are all in the custody of the woman who raised this monster. That worries me.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Elle

    Good to see justice for a helpless child who was brutally attacked by her own mother. From the looks of this post it seems our "racism" has turned in "politicalism" red against blue? We all live and breathe the same air people, get over yourself.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
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