October 12, 2012
99 years for mom who superglued tot's hands
By QMI Agency
After turning down a plea bargain that would put her in prison for 45 years, a Dallas mother who superglued her toddler's hands to the wall and beat the girl into a coma was sentenced Friday to 99 years in prison.
Elizabeth Escalona, 23, pleaded guilty in July to felony injury to her two-year-old daughter, Jocelyn.
Dallas County court heard horrifying testimony all week at Escalona's sentencing hearing, including from the young mother herself.
“I hit her, I kicked her constantly, and she didn’t deserve that,” Escalona said, as quoted by the Dallas News. “Only a monster does that.”
Escalona's mother, who now has custody of the fully recovered girl, testified against her daughter.
A pediatrician who specialized in child abuse cases said in court she had never seen anything like it before.
"The entire picture was very shocking," Dr. Amy Barton said, according to CNN. "I see a lot of children, and this was one of the most shocking cases that I have seen."
Doctors found superglue and paint chips from Escalona's apartment wall on the girl's hands. The mom had glued the tot's hands to the wall and beaten her while she couldn't move.
"I saw Jocelyn laying in the bed. She was facing the wall and..." Barton said before bursting into tears.
Prosecutors showed graphic photos of the badly beaten child after she was rushed to hospital.
She had bruises all over her body and bite marks on her arm and buttocks. She suffered bleeding in her brain and slipped into a coma.
The abuse was thought to be over potty training.
As reported in the Dallas News, Judge Larry Mitchell said Friday he believed Escalona to be the victim of sexual abuse herself but could not overlook "a single salient fact: On September 7, 2011, you savagely beat your child to the edge of death. For this, you must be punished."