( 4UMF NEWS ) Mom Who Glued Daughter’s Hands Gets 99 Years:
Elizabeth Escalona, the 23-year-old mother of five who admitted to gluing her daughter’s hands to the wall and beating her as potty training punishment, was sentenced Friday to 99 years.
In announcing the sentence, state District Judge Larry Mitchell said Escalona “savagely beat” her child and deserved to be punished.
During closing arguments earlier Friday, prosecutor Eren Price told the court to give Escalona’s children peace by knowing she would never come walking through their door in the future.
The prosecution showed photos of the apartment where Jocelyn Cedillo was glued to the wall, saying “We have to imagine what it was like.”
Defense attorneys said Escalona needs anger management and treatment. They painted her life as a miserable one of abuse and drugs.
Escalona faced from probation to life in prison, and prosecutors had sought 45 years behind bars.
While on the stand Thursday, Escalona sobbed as a prosecutor ordered her to look at the injuries she inflicted on her daughter’s body.
She cried and didn’t speak for several seconds after prosecutor Eren Price displayed a photo of then-2-year-old Jocelyn during Escalona’s sentencing hearing. Dozens of red and brown marks from the September 2011 beating covered Jocelyn’s back.
“Ms. Escalona, if you can do it, you can look at it,” Price said in a loud, sharp voice.