Dallas, Texas – Elizabeth Escalona, A Dallas mom who beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the toddler’s hands to a wall, was finally sentenced to 99 years in prison last October 12, 2012.
The beating left Jocelyn Cedillo, the 2 year old toddler, in a coma for a couple of days.
According to State District Judge Larry Mitchell, Escalona, in spite of the “heartbreaking” and “compelling” evidence presented on both sides, “to me, it comes down to a single, salient fact: you savagely beat your child to the edge of death… for this you must be punished.”
Mitchell could have sentenced Escalona to anywhere from probation to life in prison. A sentence as long as 99 years is rare for felony injury to a child cases in Texas, but not unheard of. According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, about 2,100 inmates are serving prison sentences for felony injury offenses involving a child, elderly or disabled victim. Just fewer than 5% of those inmates are serving sentences of 99 years or more, including life.
Last September 2011, according to police statement, Escalona kicked her daughter, Jocelyn Cedillo, 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.
A doctor’s findings stated that Jocelyn suffered bleeding in her brain, a fractured rib, multiple bruises and bite marks. Some skin had been torn off her hands, where doctors also found glue residue and white paint chips from the apartment wall.
The toddler was so badly injured she remained hospitalized in a coma for nearly a week. She was on a respirator for several days, but has since recovered. She and her siblings were taken into state custody after their mother’s arrest.
Escalona pleaded guilty in July to one count of felony injury to a child. Escalona had been offered a plea deal of 45 years in prison but turned it down.
Escalona will not be eligible for parole for 30 years.