[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."
Escalonaâ€™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.
How did she get more prison time than Jerry Sandusky??
For her to do what she did to her child, she is a pure coward. I hope that every single day that she spends in that jail cell, her mind will be filled with the screams of her child for the pain she caused her....screams heard over and over and over again.....you coward, you mutt!!!!!
Shelle & 66 Biker. I see he didn't answer my question
Chaz Have you heard this saying "Money talks and bull-- walks" He paid his lawyer ever well
I think this gal and any other convicted of child abuse should have mandatory sterilization
Any one convicted of child abuse or molestation should be MANDATORILY sterilized
She deserves to have her hands glued to the wall in jail. What kind of person would ever do that/
At least she didn't defend herself like most people did. Besides, she even felt bad about it. But I really feel sorry for the children. Typing this makes me want to cry.
The judge didn't seem to think she was sorry for what she did... other than what sentence she'd get for it.
No remorse for what she did, just remorse for being caught doing it.
The mother should be tied to a telephone pole and set on fire
She felt bad that she got caught, not for what she did.
Oh my, can't you tell a sociopath when you see one?
Violence is a sad part of our human existance from the playground to swatting an unrully toddler on the behind but it usually stops when the other person yeilds. Strangers who stay out of the fight will even step in when one guy starts kicking the other guy in the head – because we know as human beings that this is wrong, once the conflict is over it is over. She made her kid completely helpless and then proceeded to beat the child into a coma – and she planning it first! We aren't talking about an overwhelmed mommy we are talking about Jeffrey Dahmer and if given the chance she will do it again because something is wrong with her brain.
Not really sure putting the children with the grandmother that great of an idea. What is to say the children are any safer with her. Abuse is often learned, how can you be sure she will not abuse these children.
according to the judge it was all self-pity. this really should have been an attempted murder conviction imho.
Did you read the entire story and not just the headline? She brutally beat her child into a coma – then superglued her hands to a wall. She deserves the death penalty.
Where is (are) the father(s?) during all this. They should do some of her time for impregnating this child mother and taking off.
probably looking for a better woman...
Leniency, darlin'? Sure thing. I'll make it quick and relatively painless. One bullet to your brain bucket. That would be lenient. Now you get to think about what you did everyday for the next thirty years...at the very least.
Child abuse is worse than murder, in many respects... with murder, at least the person is dead and that's it... with child abuse, the scars are there for life, the cycle of child abuse continues and since 99% of child abusers are never caught, we may only conclude that there are some very sick minded steaming piles of worthless feces ridden people in the world who need to be put down... and, at very least, this woman should be sterilized and NEVER allowed to be around children again. If the wheels of justice were actually turning, this steaming pile would have been put to death. At very least, we can hope that she will be killed in prison. BTW, there should be NO 2nd chance for child abusers or molesters.
"Child abuse is worse than murder, in many respects... with murder, at least the person is dead and that's it... with child abuse, the scars are there for life"
WOW. that statement killed so many brain cells, i forgot how to do arithmetic.
You are an idiot 11STI. No one even cares what pathetic state you live in. get out of this world A hole
so a mom gets 99 years for gluing her daughters hands but Dusky gets 30 for child molestation. good job america.
maybe you missed the part where she beat the kid into a coma while her hands were glued to the wall
or maybe kevin z was suggesting that the molester should have gotten a more severe penalty? sanctimonious gasbag.
this monster does not deserve a second chance and needs to be sterilzed. i hope she rots in hell.