Elizabeth Escalona, the Texas woman who sparked outrage across the country after she glued her 2-year-old daughter’s hands to wall and beat her into a coma over potty training, was sentenced to 99 years in prison Friday by a Dallas judge.
Escalona, 23, of Dallas, admitted back in July to beating her 2-year-old daughter, Jocelyn Cedillo, with a belt and shoe and kicking and striking her in the stomach with a milk judge, according to the Dallas Morning News.
She received more than twice the years recommended by prosecutors, who sought a 45-year prison term, according to NBCDFW. The Dallas Morning News said prosecutors rejected a plea deal offering 45 years.
The station said Escalona plans on appealing the 99-year sentence handed down Friday by State District Judge Larry Mitchell, who said the 23-year-old Dallas mother “savagely beat” her daughter.
“You savagely beat your child to the edge of death,” he said, according to the Morning News.
The September 2011 incident began when Escalona was frustrated over her daughter’s potty training problems.
The Dallas mom beat her daughter and then used Super Glue to glue her hands to the wall of their apartment. The beating put Jocelyn in a coma for two days.
"Only a monster glues her daughter's hands to the wall," Dallas County prosecutor Eren Price said during Escalona’s sentencing hearing.
Escalona said she regretting abusing her daughter.
"I will never forgive myself for what I did to my own daughter," she told the court.
The Dallas mom compared her behavior to that of a “monster” during the sentencing hearing but was stoic when she heard the judge sentence her to 99 years in prison.
“I hit her, I kicked her constantly, and she didn’t deserve that,” she said, according to the Morning News. “Only a monster does that.”
Jocelyn and her siblings are being cared for by their grandmother, Ofelia Escalona.
The Texas woman apparently had no remorse for her actions on the day of the incident, posting to Facebook, “Why does God put obstacles in my life?” the Morning News reported. She also changed her profile picture to a photo of her and her daughter.
A police investigation revealed Joselyn’s siblings reported the abuse, saying their sister was “pooping in her pants” when the abuse started.
Escalona’s mother took her granddaughter to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas after Escalona was crying hysterically over the phone shortly after the abuse took place, according to the Morning News.
In a Dallas courtroom earlier this week, evidence photos were shown that displayed bruises, cuts and bite marks on Jocelyn’s body, the paper reported.
The child abuse pediatrician at the hospital at the time, Dr. Amy Barton, broke down on the witness stand whens he had to speak about Jocelyn’s injuries.
“The entire picture was very shocking,” Barton said during Escalona’s sentencing hearing, according to the Morning News. “I see a lot of children and this was one of the most shocking things that I’ve seen.”
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