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Texas Mom Who Glued Daughter's Hands to Wall Gets 99 Years in Prison

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The Texas mom who beat her two-year-old daughter and glued her hands to a wall was sentenced Friday to 99 years in prison.

Judge Larry Mitchell gave the life sentence to a tearful Elizabeth Escalona, 23, because "you savagely beat your child to the edge of death."

The sentence came down after five days of painful testimony in the case, as prosecutors showed pictures of the beaten toddler to Escalona and asked her if she was a "monster."

"A monster did this," prosecutor Eren Price told Escalona, according to ABC News affiliate WFAA.

Escalona, who had pleaded guilty in July, nodded and replied, "Yes."


The attack on the child came after Escalona became frustrated with potty training. Testimony from the girl's siblings revealed that Escalona kicked the girl in the stomach and hit her with a milk jug before gluing her hands to the wall. The girl was hospitalized in a coma from the beating and some skin had been torn off her hands, doctors testified.

The mother of five pleaded for leniency during her sentencing hearing, begging the judge to consider that she had been sexually abused as a child. But cross-examination by the prosecutors pointed out that Escalona was a consistently abusive mother who did drugs and beat her children.

Escalona admitted to using drugs since the age of 13, smoking marijuana while she was pregnant, and doing drugs and drinking while out on bond for a prior felony charge.

The prosecution projected the words "LIAR" and "MONSTER" on a screen above Escalona's head during cross-examination.

Escalona said she did not clearly remember the beating she gave to her daughter in 2011 that left the toddler hospitalized. She could not recall where she got glue and had no idea why she glued her child's hands to the wall.

Escalona's family cried out as Mitchell announced the sentence, later hanging their heads in their laps and crying, according to the Dallas Morning News. Escalona showed little emotion.

Escalona will be eligible for parole in 30 years. Her children are now in the custody of their grandmother, Oefelia Escalona.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Mother Pleads Guilty After Gluing Daughter’s Hands to Wall

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A mother pleaded guilty to first degree injury to a child after reportedly gluing her 2-year-old daughter’s hands to a wall and beating her.

Dallas police said Elizabeth Escalona beat her daughter into a coma after frustration with potty training problems.

“I have no comment and only God can judge me. That’s all I gotta say,” Escalona said Thursday outside court.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said that the daughter arrived at the hospital in critical condition, sustaining bruising and blunt force trauma. However, she has made a fast recovery and has no lasting medical issues.

All of Escalona’s children were immediately taken into state custody after the incident took place in September 2011, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.  The children are currently still in Child Protective Services’ legal custody, but have been placed with a relative.

According to CPS, Escalona had been previously investigated for allegations of abuse and neglect of her older children.

On Sept. 10, Escalona, facing possible life in prison, but also eligible for deferred adjudication, will be sentenced by state District Judge Larry Mitchell, The Dallas Morning News reported. If Escalona receives deferred adjudication, she will not have a criminal conviction.

Both Escalona’s defense attorney and the Dallas District Attorney’s Office declined to comment because the case is still pending.

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