A Texas mother who pled guilty to felony injury to a child after she beat her 2-year-old daughter so severely she was in a coma for two days.
At just 23, Elizabeth Escalona is the mother of 5 children, but when it came 2-year-old Jocelyn Cedillo, she was no mother.
Frustrated by potty training issue, Escalona glued the toddler’s hands to the wall and savagely attacked her, kicking her in the stomach and beating her with a milk jug, according to Escalona’s other children.
The toddler suffered bleeding in her brain, bite marks, skin torn from her hands, a fractured hip, and multiple bruises. While in the hospital, doctors found super glue and paint chips still stuck to her hands from the wall she had been glued to.
In court this week, Escalona’s family begged the judge for leniency in sentencing, but on Friday, they sobbed as they learned she had been sentenced to 99 years.
The prosecution had initially asked for 45 years to life, saying Escalona had not taken responsibility for her actions and is an unfit mother with a history of violence, but during the trial, they asked for life in prison.
When she was still a teenager Escalona threatened to kill her mother. She began doing drugs and joined a gang.
Dallas County prosecutor Eren Price said, “Elizabeth lies to hide the evil … Only a monster glues her daughter’s hands to the wall.”
“On Sept. 7, 2011, you savagely beat your child to the edge of death,” State District Judge Larry Mitchell said. “For this you must be punished.”
The Dallas mother, who gave birth to fifth child this year, will be eligible for parole in 30 years. Meanwhile, her children have been placed with their grandmother.