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. Go figure

    That many kids at her age..... I'm glad she's been removed from the gene pool...unfortunately a bit late, but removed nontheless. I think the ink from her gang tat on her neck hosed her brain...

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

      you caught that, eh? I especially love how the defense team covered her gang tats with her hair during the trial. A failed attempt at looking like a grieving mother.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gutterboy

    Let me guess, she's not legally here.

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

      Bigot. However, it seems she had her second chance, and you don't get two second chances. Someone should explain this to her, the selfish, clueless, abuser.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kenny Rogers

    Not dazzle ^^^^

    October 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. N@TuRn3r

    The other day a urinated on pants by accident. I'm 37 years old. Think about it...This 2 yr old girl did the same thing I did. But while I was able to laugh at myself, she got beat brain dead - and there was nothing she could do about it.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ann

    This little girl got the justice she deserved. This little girl spent days in a coma recovering from her wounds. She could have died. Her mother is a monster and would have done much more harm to her children if she were allowed to continue parenting them. Hopefully, this will send a powerful message.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    Surely a horrific and detestable crime....but so was Sandusky and he only got 30-60 years. Doesn't seem right somehow.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • PigBodine

      Given his age Sandusky'z sentence is for life. Given his crimes his life in prison is likely to be very short. Her sentence is not excessive, she is young, and deserves never to walk free among people again. Seems right to me.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      I was thinking the same thing. It's certainly in no defense of her actions. But she was convicted of a single crime, admitted her guilt, and showed remorse. Sandusky on the other had was convicted on many counts, never admitted any wrongdoing and showed no remorse. Kind of shows how our justice system works. You're just a little bit less guilty if you have more money.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jenna

    Now if only they would do that to child olesters – 99 years!

    October 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
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      October 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Itreallydoesntmatterwhatwethink

    We can't sterilize her because...why again?

    October 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dc3gal

    Why would anyone question the length of her sentence? What about the child and the other children who witnessed this? This was not just brutal, you just don't do this to kids. Shouldn't do it to your worst enemy unless they are threatening your life.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. George Patton

    Grat post, Kenny Rogers @ 3:22,thank you.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ronjayaz

    I'll never understand Y a parent can mistreat their child/ren in this day and age. This story is so cruel that one would think that she'd have to be insane to commit such an act. Yet parenting is a terrible burden. I remember my mother's "hilarious" cruelty holding my head over the toilet bowl and telling me I would be flushed down if i didnt behave.! And I really believed in the possibility as a 2 y/o. Yet I always loved her and understood in later years what a burden parenthood is.It did teach me never to be cruel to animals or kids.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. max

    can i just have a minute with her,?trust me,thats all i need.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. minddwell

    Can't we just end her life now? Why 99 years?

    October 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lewis

    23 and five kids? This is why I wish states would mandate vasectomies and hysterectomies on idiots. Seriously.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • PigBodine

      Hysterectomies? That's hysterical. Surely you only mean sterilization.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    She thought she deserves a second chance...at beating one of her kids again. Not only is it barbaric what she did to her child, it's very cowardly to incapacitate a 2 year old and prevent him/her from protecting themselves from the beating. You don't get a second chance when your first chance blown is of this nature.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
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