Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mom Gets 99 Years for Beating Girl, Gluing Her Hands

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mom Gets 99 Years for Beating Girl, Gluing Her Hands

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HOUSTON -- A Dallas judge sentenced a young mother to 99 years in prison Friday after she admitted to gluing her toddler's hands to a wall and beating the girl so severely that she ended up in a coma, officials said.

"We're very happy with the judge's decision," Debbie Denmon, spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney's office, said in an interview.

Judge Larry Mitchell told the mother, Elizabeth Escalona, that his decision came down to the fact that "you savagely beat your child to the edge of death," according to the Dallas Morning News, which live-tweeted coverage of the sentencing.

Ms. Escalona, 23, pleaded guilty July 12 to injury to a child. Prosecutor Eren Price had sought a 45-year sentence, while Ms. Escalona had hoped for probation. The judge, however, nearly doubled the prosecution's recommendation, citing the brutality of the attacks.

"The prosecutor said Escalona wasn't sorry for what she did. She was sorry for herself, not the child she tortured," Ms. Denmon said. "Her children now have a chance to lead a productive life."

Ms. Escalona will have to serve 30 years before she becomes eligible for parole, Ms. Denmon said.

Ms. Escalona's attorney did not return calls Friday morning. She told those at the court that she plans to appeal the sentence, Ms. Denmon said.

During the sentencing hearing, which started Monday, Ms. Escalona took the stand in her own defense, admitted that she abused her 2- year-old daughter, Jocelyn Cedillo, and pleaded for leniency.

"I hit her, I kicked her constantly, and she didn't deserve that," Ms. Escalona said, confirming that she used a Super Glue- like substance to glue the girl's hands to the wall, according to the Dallas Morning News. But she added: "I want everybody to know that I'm not a monster. I love my kids."

Ms. Escalona, a mother of five, said she was molested, abused by boyfriends and was a recovering cocaine addict. She was raising her children on child-support payments in a one-bedroom apartment with bed bugs, according to the Dallas Morning News. …

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