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DALLAS — Elizabeth Escalona, the 23-year-old mother of five who admitted to gluing her daughter’s hands to the wall and beating her as potty training punishment, was sentenced Friday to 99 years.

In announcing the sentence, state District Judge Larry Mitchell said Escalona “savagely beat” her child and deserved to be punished.

During closing arguments earlier Friday, prosecutor Eren Price told the court to give Escalona’s children peace by knowing she would never come walking through their door in the future.

The prosecution showed photos of the apartment where Jocelyn Cedillo was glued to the wall, saying “We have to imagine what it was like.”

Defense attorneys said Escalona needs anger management and treatment. They painted her life as a miserable one of abuse and drugs.

Escalona faced from probation to life in prison, and prosecutors had sought 45 years behind bars.
While on the stand Thursday, Escalona sobbed as a prosecutor ordered her to look at the injuries she inflicted on her daughter’s body.

She cried and didn’t speak for several seconds after prosecutor Eren Price displayed a photo of then-2-year-old Jocelyn during Escalona’s sentencing hearing. Dozens of red and brown marks from the September 2011 beating covered Jocelyn’s back.

“Ms. Escalona, if you can do it, you can look at it,” Price said in a loud, sharp voice.

Escalona, who pleaded guilty in July to felony injury of a child, was on the witness stand for a second day.

Police say Escalona 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. Escalona’s other children told authorities their mother attacked Jocelyn due to potty training problems.

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

Prosecutors have portrayed Escalona as an unfit mother with a history of violence, and Price has repeatedly referred to her as a “monster.” Escalona has admitted she behaved like a monster when she beat Jocelyn, but insists she isn’t one now.

Price asked Escalona what she thought should happen in the case. Escalona replied in a soft, halting voice: “I should be put away.” Then, she added, “But I also think I should be given a second chance.”

When Price asked her why, she responded: “Because I’m not a monster.”

Escalona also testified that her children were a source of stress. “They didn’t bother me, but I did (need) a little break,” she said.

She described one of her sons misbehaving and getting into fights and another daughter once leaving home without her permission. Under questioning from defense attorney Angie N’Duka, Escalona said she was learning ways to deal with her anger and the stress of raising five children.

But Price said she still didn’t understand what could have caused the attack on Jocelyn.
“Explain to us what about your stress is unique from what everybody else in this world lives through every single day,” she said.

In her testimony, Escalona admitted she often doesn’t tell the truth and had lied to doctors and others assigned to her case. But she resisted Price’s repeated efforts to get her to admit she was a liar.

“I’m not a liar,” Escalona said. “I have a hard time trusting people.”

Escalona acknowledged several missteps in her childhood: hanging around with gang members and trying marijuana around the age of 11, assaulting her mother at 12 and getting pregnant with her first child at 14.

She also admitted drinking and doing drugs after she was released from jail on bond in February.
Despite what she described as problems paying rent and other bills, Escalona admitted she was using marijuana about twice a day in the time before she attacked Jocelyn.

Price said Escalona will be eligible for parole in 30 years. N’Duka said she plans to appeal.

19 Comments to Proud Parents: In The News

  1. She should never be let out of prison.

  2. JustMe on November 6th, 2012
  3. I’d hit that…

    In the back of the head with a 2×4.

  4. Red Raider on November 6th, 2012
  5. 8 feet of rope around a tree limb would do

  6. Joey BadaBing on November 6th, 2012
  7. WHY did she have FIVE kids?! If they were such stress, then they should have been put up for adoption. Especially considering she had her first one at 14. Freaking ridiculous! This woman is nuts!!

  8. Anna on November 6th, 2012
  9. she has a problem trusting people…but her vagina seems willing to give everyone a chance.

  10. jj on November 6th, 2012
  11. Tall tree short piece of rope!!!

  12. amy on November 6th, 2012
  13. A 23 year old mother of five!!! Hasn’t she ever heard of birth control? I can understand the circumstances she lived in were difficult. But I can’t understand doing something like that. Give your children up if you can’t care for them properly.

  14. Anneke765 on November 6th, 2012
  15. Texas don’t play. She deserves a shot drop and a quick stop.

  16. It aint going to lick itself on November 7th, 2012
  17. you know what, kids can be stressful, but that is no excuse to treat an innocent child in such a monsterous way, glue the mothers hands to the wall and beat her, see how much she likes it, she’s nothing but a horrible disgusting monster who has no right to call herself a mother, glad for her to be locked away so she can never burden her kids lives again

  18. mother of 4 on November 7th, 2012
  19. her life was full of abuse and drugs? well the ONLY abuse i see is abuse handed out BY her not to her, secondly drugs were her own choice…the very second someone tries to claim being under the influence of drugs as an excuse for their actions they should be given 20 yrs BEFORE any other sentence after all those drugs ARE illegal and you choice to use them they are NOT an excuse so hang the bitch and the money saved in keeping her alive can go towards the children’s therapy for years to come because they will need it more then she does

  20. Jeannine on November 7th, 2012
  21. Super glue her hands to the wall,let me bang that from the back for a few years.

  22. Bubba on November 8th, 2012
  23. She will be dead before the 99 years are up..its really stupid to sentence someone to a term that will never be served completely. It should be–sentenced to the rest of her natural life with no parole. Plus as part of her sentence should be glued to a wall and beaten within an inch her life at least once a week until she dies. Better yet,put to death immediately. I hope she won’t be given the chance for parole as we all know that she will breed over and over again only to do the same thing. I hope the other woman in the jail get her alone and kill her. All the guards have to do is turn their backs or take an extra long break.

  24. angela on November 9th, 2012
  25. keep your legs shut?

  26. Taiga on November 13th, 2012
  27. What a douche…so to speak. There is a difference between discipline and abuse; whatever you do, DO NOT hurt children! She should never know freedom again, ever.

  28. lordofthegadflies on November 15th, 2012
  29. I am glad she got a harsh sentence. Anyone who could do such a thing and claim – oh but I’m not a monster now- should never again rejoin society. Chances are that she’ll serve her time in solitary thanks to the media attention around this case. Her cellmates are going to have no love for her at all.

  30. Cavguy on February 26th, 2013
  31. Glue her hands to a wall and beat the shit out of her 5 times a day for the rest of her sorry-ass life.

  32. JC on June 4th, 2013
  33. Why is it that things like this warrant a 99 year sentence, yet rape and killing never get more than about 25 years. I don’t understand. Yes this is heinous, but does it really warrant a harsher sentence than murder?

  34. Hettie on September 10th, 2013
  35. LOL it DOESN’T pay to have some kinda narcissistic personality disorder (especially when KNOWINGLY), and goes untreated. In case of a divorce, whichever parent (and normally there’s at least ONE of the two, IF NOT both!) diagnosed as such or another form including bipolar/paranoid schizophrenic/etc should NOT be the one with full time custody, if any, supervised. Their kid(s) could get getting molested by their boyfriend or whatever, right in front of them, and she/he’d continue watching Dancing With The Stars or some bullshit like that.

  36. Scott on October 26th, 2013
  37. 5 kids at 23 years old? She may mistrust people but she sure likes them enough to get fucked! She’s a whore.

  38. Chihuahua Mom on October 26th, 2013

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