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. mindyRN33175

    Where is the father ?

    October 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • iheartyou

      That's the million dollar question, mindyRN33175, and one that no one seems to be asking!! Yup, this woman is horrible and I'm glad she got 99 years. But where are the men?? All 5 of her pregnancies were not immaculate conceptions. She sure the heck didn't get pregnant all by herself. Where are these deadbeat men who apparently weren't taken care of their children either? I'm so sick of society not holding men responsible for their bad behavior as well. it's always "the woman should have kept her legs shut", "the woman should have taken birth control", etc. etc. And while these statements may be true, can we also add the true statements "men should have kept it in their pants", "men should have put a condom on", etc.

      October 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • iheartyou

      How can one be anything but jovial when conversing with you, my friend. You are a special kind of crazy that I so rarely run in to. You make me giggle. Take care. 🙂

      October 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. iheartyou

    pastorcal77..... are you off your meds again little one???

    October 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Artie

    Have fun in prison you sadistic lowlife, I hope your bunkmate is Miss 'Shank'. Here's to someone killing you after they beat the crap out of you in there.

    October 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. iheartyou

    Aww, pastorcal77 – you're just about the cutest little 'ole troll I ever did see. You are wonderfully amusing. 🙂

    October 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. angel

    These children shouldn't go to her mother she learned her discipline tech. from someone. And as they say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    October 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PaulC

    I see no mention of a father(s).
    An argument for my suggestion to provide mandatory birth control (or no taxpayer social support) to mothers who cannot provide for their children and insist on their right to have as many as they can.

    October 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adevilson

      Can they at least have access to family planning and abortion?

      October 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      If Romney gets elected, planned parenthood will be banished and more of these types of mothers will be allowed to reproduce as many times as possible with the same outcome. This woman will probably not last in prison for what she has done. May God have mercy on her soul as that is the only person that can save her now unless she is put into solitary confinement for life. Why waste money, just execute her now and get it over with.

      October 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • maiden name

      abortion is killing a child, the texas mom deserves life in prision just like your friends working at crime clincs have you pet spade or neutered.

      October 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carol

    She is eligible for parole in 30 years, which will make her 53, too old to have many more children. I doubt this the first time she has severely abused her children. I have no pity for her, just hope that child isn't permanently brain damaged. An older sibling called for help, saying "She was dying in my arms." How much trauma have all these kids endured? Notice it was another child getting help, not the mother. She is 23, has five children and another on the way? Hopefully psychiatric help is available in prison.

    October 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      I hope sterilization is available

      October 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gerry Brandon-Jackson

    Pastorcal77 what church do you pastor at? I wonder about you

    October 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shelle

      He's not a pastor, he's a troll.

      October 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • 66Biker

      We knew that. This is 66Biker, reporting from the Lake of Fire. Back to you.

      October 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kevin O.

    I wish I could feel moved by this story, however due to never-ending political endeavors protecting the rights of women to mutilate male children, I can't justify any emotional response due to equality issues and I'm simply at my quota of G.A.S. today.

    October 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. purplekush

    looks like ms13 guy to me

    October 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 66Biker

    Is that your answer to my question? I knew I was right about you. Your posting style makes it pretty clear that you are not really a Pastor. You're just another 5150 that the government got tired of feeding.

    October 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. curt

    way to be a responsible parents.

    October 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. vernercs982

    What a psycho hosebeast! Why do the crazies always have SO many kids, too? Looks like evolution left this one behind.

    October 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NoDoubt

    I wonder how the grandmother is going to be able to handle these young children. She didn't do too well of a job raising her own daughter.

    October 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CG

    Not minimizing this at all (as this lady should be in prison the rest of her life for what she did to her child)... but how is it possible that Sandusky only got 30-60 years for his horrendous crimes when something like this gets 99 years? Shame on the PA judge!

    October 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
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