Mom Gets 99 Years for Gluing Tot's Hands

Elizabeth Escalona sentenced for beating her toddler

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 12, 2012 1:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – 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 today 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. "Elizabeth lies to hide the evil," Price said. Escalona's other children told authorities that their mother attacked her daughter, 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.

In a Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 file photo, prosecutor Eren Price, left, points to a piece of states evidence as she addresses Elizabeth Escalona, 23, during Escalona's sentencing proceedings  in Dallas.
In a Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 file photo, prosecutor Eren Price, left, points to a piece of states evidence as she addresses Elizabeth Escalona, 23, during Escalona's sentencing proceedings in Dallas.   (Tony Gutierrez)
In a Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 file photo, Elizabeth Escalona, 23, breaks down as she responds to a line of questions in the sentencing phase of her trial, in Dallas.
In a Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 file photo, Elizabeth Escalona, 23, breaks down as she responds to a line of questions in the sentencing phase of her trial, in Dallas.   (Tony Gutierrez)
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