DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas woman who beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the toddler’s hands to a wall because she was struggling with potty training was sentenced Friday to 99 years in prison.
Family members in the courtroom sobbed loudly as the judge announced Elizabeth Escalona’s punishment. Escalona pleaded guilty in July to felony injury to a child, but her mother and sister had asked the court for leniency on her behalf.
Dallas County prosecutor Eren Price said the 23-year-old mother of five had not taken responsibility for her actions.
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.
“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.”
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 had been a gang member and that she started smoking marijuana at age 11.
“Only a monster glues her daughter’s hands to the wall,” 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.
“She is no monster. She can be redeemed. She can be helped,” N'Duka said during closing arguments.View Entire Story
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