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Mom gets 99 years in prison for beating toddler, gluing her hands to wall

By Nomaan Merchant

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:43 p.m. HST, Oct 12, 2012

DALLAS » A Dallas woman who beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the toddler's hands to a wall was sentenced today to 99 years in prison.

Elizabeth Escalona faced from probation to life in prison, and prosecutors had sought 45 years behind bars.

Family members in the courtroom sobbed loudly as the judge announced the 23-year-old mother's punishment. Escalona pleaded guilty in July to felony injury to a child, but her mother and sister had pleaded for leniency on her behalf.

State District Judge Larry Mitchell said she "savagely beat" her child and deserved to be punished.

Escalona's other children told authorities that their mother attacked Jocelyn Cedillo in September 2011 due to potty training problems. Police say she kicked her daughter in the stomach, beat her with a milk jug, then stuck her hands to an apartment wall with an adhesive commonly known as Super Glue.

Jocelyn suffered bleeding in her brain, a fractured rib, multiple bruises and bite marks, and was in a coma for a couple of days, a doctor testified at the sentencing hearing. Some skin had been torn off her hands, where doctors also found glue residue and white paint chips from the apartment wall.

Prosecutors portrayed Escalona as an unfit mother with a history of violence. They played recordings in which Escalona as a teenager threatened to kill her mother. They said she was a former gang member who started smoking marijuana at age 11.

"Only a monster glues her daughter's hands to the wall," Dallas County prosecutor Eren Price said during the hearing.

Escalona asked for leniency, telling the judge she was no longer the monster who committed the attack. "I will never forgive myself for what I did to my own daughter," she said.

Dallas Police Sr. Cpl. Abel Lopez, who interviewed Escalona after the attack, showed in court a bottle of glue taken out of the family's apartment, as well as a section of a wall with Jocelyn's little handprints.

Jocelyn has since recovered and is now being cared for by her grandmother, Ofelia Escalona, who is taking care of her daughter's four other children, including a baby born this year.

Escalona's family has acknowledged their dismay and anger following the attack, but her sister and her mother asked the judge for leniency.

A counselor, Melanie Davis, testified Wednesday that her sessions with Escalona indicated the young mother loved all five of her children and that she would benefit from more counseling. Davis said Escalona has set herself the short-term goal of finding a job and the long-term aim of getting her children back.

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bobbob wrote:
99 years for far more than "gluing hands to a wall" --- Jocelyn suffered bleeding in her brain, a fractured rib, multiple bruises and bite marks, and was in a coma for a couple of days
on October 12,2012 | 07:16AM
Workingrl wrote:
A single mother 23 years old with five children ?
on October 12,2012 | 07:25AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Just trying to create a living legacy?
on October 12,2012 | 10:06AM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Workingrl, that's the problem with religious people who are drug addicts. They don't believe in birth control, yet they are too stoned to care that they are procreating indiscriminately. Oftentimes these lascivious women look at illegitimate children as money units, the more they have the more welfare they get. That's what makes these born again Christians who support the right to life movement so laughable. They preach about the sacredness of life and that life starts at conception, yet they are the first to call for cutting off welfare, and call for the death penalty. On one hand they preach about not killing the fetus, then on the other hand they preach about not feeding these "leeches" and then when they naturally exhibit anti-social behavior because they are hated by their mothers, this mother is a classic example, ignored by their fathers,and starved because the mother uses the welfare money to buy drugs instead of food, the right to lifers call for killing them. What about the sacredness of life then?
on October 12,2012 | 12:42PM
313invegas wrote:
Had this been in Hawaii, they would have just given her probation. Good for the court here to put her away.
on October 12,2012 | 07:29AM
busterb wrote:
You are so wrong. The woman would have been put away for a long time... for wasting glue.
on October 12,2012 | 08:59AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Texas has a fair and just legal system unlike our home thanks to our over paid politicians, poor performing prosecutors and lenient judges...
on October 12,2012 | 07:38AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Don't you ever stop?
on October 12,2012 | 09:38AM
loquaciousone wrote:
on October 12,2012 | 07:39AM
quint34 wrote:
crooks avoid Texas.
on October 12,2012 | 07:47AM
808Cindy wrote:
This punishment is fitting, I pray for the children that they all are cared for with love.
on October 12,2012 | 07:58AM
50skane wrote:
Sometimes I wish that Hawaii had judges with the same cajones like the ones in Texas. I think our "revolving door" policy with career criminals and the ones that believe they can get away with a slap on the wrist from our local liberal bleeding heart judges would drastically be reduced.
on October 12,2012 | 08:33AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Poor child. She loses all around. Mom with some serious mental, behavioral and drug problems and now no mother at all. Tragic. I hope child services is cognisant that grandma also raised the defendant.
on October 12,2012 | 10:50AM
She's 23 with five (5) children and still can't handle a 2 year old! Stop getting pregnant, because she is not worthy of them. It was just for sex with her "man". Threatened her mother as a teenager, former gang member, and smoking marijuana at 11. She's just a young punk or peer pressure with the wrong peers. I hope we all understand that a beating of a child or adult, just don't work. You need to talk and explain and yet, at times, that don't work either. But as a young kid, it's explanation. She deserves 99 years.
on October 12,2012 | 11:18AM
sweetness613 wrote:
may shes thinking now one of her boy friends or gang member will come and talk some sense in the judge and she will be rescued, but when reality kicks in she will find shes all alone with the only one there is her family.
on October 12,2012 | 12:12PM
olos73 wrote:
The kids are probably all from different men. I doubt it's just one father for all. There's no mention anywhere about him/them. She was probably on welfare and getting money for all them kids. Now, gramma has custody of the kids. You think she can handle? I don't. They'll all probably sadly will be put in foster homes, but that might be the best for all of them. I'm wishing for the best for the kids, because mom wasn't a loving PARENT to them.
on October 12,2012 | 12:17PM
niimi wrote:
A great role model for her culture.
on October 12,2012 | 01:02PM
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