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Texas mom gets 99 years for gluing toddler to wall, beating her

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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‚Äôs attorney said that the sentence was excessive and that an appeal would be filed, 

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.

by on Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:48 AM
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kim8934
by Member on Oct. 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM

totally agree. The kids will have a better chance without her in their life

Quoting peggy_sue82:

I am glad she was punished harshly.I wish all child abusers,molesters,rapists,and killers.Were handed down punishments like that.


Des10ed2b
by Member on Oct. 15, 2012 at 1:23 PM

but that is the point. there ARE so many options for moms to NOT get to this point. Her mother found the child and took it to the hospital. So why didnt the mom call the grandmother and say, "i am at my breaking point. i cant do this. I need you to take the kids for awhile."

she could have gone to planned parenthood and gotten free birth control. she did not HAVE to have 5 children. if she couldnt handle it than she should have been more diligent with birth control. 

there are safe haven's to drop off children with no questions asked. i can think of 3 right near right off the top of my head! there is welfare, state-run child-care, single mom schooling options, church's that offer assitance, even to non-community members. 

hell, even if she didnt have access to any of that (which she did), why didnt she just tell her toddler, "fine. you keep having accidents, go change your own pants!" and then go sit outside for awhile until she could calm down? i understand moms lose it sometimes. i get it. I am guilty of yelling at my kids here and there and than feeling like crap about it. I am guilty of smacking my kids butt with 2 fingers when they were getting ready to do something dangerous to get their attention (like nearly slamming the door on fingers or running into a street or parking lot). i GET that. But can you imagine the amount of time that it would take to grab a toddler, kick them, hit them, hold them long enough to get glue on their hands, hold the hands to the wall long enough for it to stick and dry? That is a long amount of time to lose it. We are not a talking about a brief second of anger. we are talking a full blown fit of rage on a toddler. 

this is obviously someone who needs a LOT of help and is not cut out to be a full-time mom to these children. as long as she got may be too long, but i think probabtion would have been WAY to little. 

Quoting Anonymous:

No mother deserves a life sentence the child did survive.  Where were all those pro-life supporters helping this mom learning to raise children she obviously had more htan she could handle.  Where was the father.  Where were the neighbors.  Psycho path or not there should have been help for her in the community.  But this country is all about punishing the mothers who are trying under many times impossilbe circumastances...no money,.,.no day care...dangerous neighborhoods, dead beat dads, no health care...to raise children.   Stay out of Texas a bunch of poorly educated self serving idiots.   


This country is all about setting the  mother up to fail and then villifying her when she does.  

Quoting kitty8199:

I'm glad, she deserved it



Proud mom of an ornery 3 year old boy, a very smart 6 year old girl! Married for 4.5 years, together for 7! Fun loving, open-minded, eco-friendly, creative,friendly, different strokes work for different folks, lady! I stay at home, work at home, love it all!


SimpleComSense
by on Oct. 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that that was your point and it has been misunderstood.  In answer to your question...she shouldn't be punished more severely...they should ALL be punished as severely. I'm sorry if she was impoverished, I'm sorry if she was stressed, I'm sorry if she appears "misunderstood"...but, I am not sorry that she will not be available to abuse anymore children... that she will be unable to produce anymore children to be abused.

I am sorry if you have been misunderstood...but, I think I won't be the last to comment on it and posting as Anon doesn't help your case.

Quoting Anonymous:

 i am not saying she shouldn't be punished I am asking why she is being punished more thn other child abusers who do eaqually horrific things.

Quoting Aislinn:

 

Quoting Anonymous:

No mother deserves a life sentence the child did survive.  Where were all those pro-life supporters helping this mom learning to raise children she obviously had more htan she could handle.  Where was the father.  Where were the neighbors.  Psycho path or not there should have been help for her in the community.  But this country is all about punishing the mothers who are trying under many times impossilbe circumastances...no money,.,.no day care...dangerous neighborhoods, dead beat dads, no health care...to raise children.   Stay out of Texas a bunch of poorly educated self serving idiots.   

 

This country is all about setting the  mother up to fail and then villifying her when she does.  

Quoting kitty8199:

I'm glad, she deserved it

 

 So, that is a reason to beat you child to near death? And, because she was stressed out, she should not be punished? she will not do life. She will be eligible for parole in 30 years. Moral of the story? You do not want to go to jail, don't beat your kids to near death. And, all the BS you rattled off? BS. Many, many people have it worse than you listed and would never consider beating their child, to near death. And, guess what? BC is widely available. Nobody is pushing these "poor mothers" into anything.

 


Aislinn
by on Oct. 15, 2012 at 6:12 PM


Quoting Anonymous:

 i am not saying she shouldn't be punished I am asking why she is being punished more thn other child abusers who do eaqually horrific things.

Quoting Aislinn:


Quoting Anonymous:

No mother deserves a life sentence the child did survive.  Where were all those pro-life supporters helping this mom learning to raise children she obviously had more htan she could handle.  Where was the father.  Where were the neighbors.  Psycho path or not there should have been help for her in the community.  But this country is all about punishing the mothers who are trying under many times impossilbe circumastances...no money,.,.no day care...dangerous neighborhoods, dead beat dads, no health care...to raise children.   Stay out of Texas a bunch of poorly educated self serving idiots.   


This country is all about setting the  mother up to fail and then villifying her when she does.  

Quoting kitty8199:

I'm glad, she deserved it


 So, that is a reason to beat you child to near death? And, because she was stressed out, she should not be punished? she will not do life. She will be eligible for parole in 30 years. Moral of the story? You do not want to go to jail, don't beat your kids to near death. And, all the BS you rattled off? BS. Many, many people have it worse than you listed and would never consider beating their child, to near death. And, guess what? BC is widely available. Nobody is pushing these "poor mothers" into anything.


 Because she made the mistake of doing it in Texas. I am confused why you believe the bar should be set so low for child abusers. Isn't it good that a higher precedence has been set? That a child abuser is actually getting the punishment they deserve instead of some joke sentence? As I said before, the average  child murderer in Maine does eighth years. So, does that mean when a son of a bitch murders another baby in my state, I should cheer for eight years because that is what everyone else gets? Seriously. We need to be lobbying for stiffer sentences, not calling Texas out for having a damn backbone. They do some effed up stuff in that state. This is NOT one of those times.

PolishMamma2
by on Oct. 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM

 

Quoting Anonymous:

No mother deserves a life sentence the child did survive.  Where were all those pro-life supporters helping this mom learning to raise children she obviously had more htan she could handle.  Where was the father.  Where were the neighbors.  Psycho path or not there should have been help for her in the community.  But this country is all about punishing the mothers who are trying under many times impossilbe circumastances...no money,.,.no day care...dangerous neighborhoods, dead beat dads, no health care...to raise children.   Stay out of Texas a bunch of poorly educated self serving idiots.   

 

This country is all about setting the  mother up to fail and then villifying her when she does.  

Quoting kitty8199:

I'm glad, she deserved it

  why are you posting anonymously?? Does your own opinion make you nervous?? No money, No insurence, No father for the kids DOES NOT cause a mother to beat a 2 year old to a coma!!! There are so many women struggling with all the things you listed and love there kids beyond life itself. There is no excuse for what she did! Some people are satisfied with a 99 year sentence, the part that satisfies me is knowing that there is women (mothers) in the prison she will be in that feel the same way I feel about her and that is where the true justice will happen....slap

 

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