Mom glued kid's hands to wall, beat her

2012-10-09 13:12

Dallas — A woman who super-glued her 2-year-old daughter's hands to a wall also beat the girl so badly that she suffered bleeding on her brain, a doctor testified on Monday during the mother's sentencing hearing.

Elizabeth Escalona faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty in July to attacking her daughter, Jocelyn Cedillo, last September. Police say the 23-year-old mother attacked the toddler due to potty training problems.

During a sentencing hearing that began on Monday, prosecutors presented gruesome photos and details of the attack.

Jocelyn was hospitalised for about one week with injuries that included bleeding on her brain, a fractured rib, severe bruises and others likely caused by direct blows, according to Dr Amy Barton, a former child abuse specialist at Children's Medical Centre of Dallas.

"When I think about the time involved in that and what that scene must have looked like, it's overwhelming," Barton said.

Police Senior Corporal Abel Lopez, who interviewed Escalona after the attack, showed a bottle of super glue taken out of the family's apartment as well as a section of an apartment wall with Jocelyn's handprints.

Panic and confusion

The sentencing hearing is scheduled to continue on Tuesday. Escalona's attorney, Angie N'Duka, said she hadn't decided if her client would take the stand. A state district judge will decide her punishment.

In a videotaped interview with Lopez after the attack, Escalona insisted over and over: "I'm taking the blame."

Lopez said on Monday that Escalona wouldn't immediately explain why she was taking the blame, even as doctors fighting to save her daughter's life needed information about what had happened.

"She never really asked" about Jocelyn's condition, Lopez said. "I had to tell her."

Escalona's mother, Ofelia Escalona, testified about her panic and confusion when she arrived at the family home after the attack and found Jocelyn lying on the floor, taking shallow breaths.

Under questioning from prosecutor Eren Price, Ofelia Escalona acknowledged that her daughter had also hit her several times when Elizabeth Escalona was growing up.

'Horrible mistake'

The grandmother said she came over after her daughter called her. She said she could see something wrong in her daughter's face.

"I had my daughter in front of me, but she was not all there," Ofelia Escalona said, her voice often breaking throughout her testimony.

She picked Jocelyn up off the floor and noticed the child had soiled her underwear, the grandmother said. She changed Jocelyn, ran with the girl to her car, and told her son to drive them to the hospital.

But Jocelyn then started talking — asking for food — leading her grandmother to believe the girl didn't need to go to the emergency room. She told her son to turn around.

"I made a horrible mistake," Ofelia Escalona said.

Testimony then concluded for the day because Ofelia Escalona had to pick up another one of her grandchildren from school. The grandmother is now taking care of her daughter's five children, including a baby born this year.

As testimony ended, Elizabeth Escalona used tissues to wipe her eyes before sheriff's deputies escorted her from the courtroom.

  • mogolobaneng - 2012-10-09 13:18

    She is not word being called a mom in the first place. Call her anything but not a mom.

  • pieter.lourens.7 - 2012-10-09 13:30

    5 children and you do this to a 2 year old child... I will end you woman!!!!!

  • igshaanp - 2012-10-09 13:32

    thats from wanting2keep you j*s so young,the mother herself was a child when she fell pregnant

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-10-09 13:44

      If I was 5 years old, I'd know not to superglue a child's hands to the wall and beat it to near death! Sorry, but age doesnt come into it! This "woman" is a disgusting piece of garbage! No excuses, no reasons... she should be spat on!

  • karen.peacock.54 - 2012-10-09 13:35

    She is a disgrace to the word Mother would rather call her Monster who does this to a child. I hope everyone in the prison she goes to teaches her a lesson I bet she will do more than soil herself.

  • christopher.shining - 2012-10-09 13:40

    If there is a Satan, please take this swine of a whore with you.

  • - 2012-10-09 13:42

    You don't deserve the title of Mother! Rot in jail!

  • teresa.villarini - 2012-10-09 13:42

    What a low life! A mother is supposed to love and comfort and protect! Hope you rot in hell you terrible evil thing!!

      lisa.c.Biermann - 2012-10-09 16:06

      its doesnt say the baby is dead.. just said doctors are fighting for her life...

  • Lucyfire - 2012-10-09 13:43

    My heart absolutely breaks for that poor child. I'm so sick of this planet and the horrible creatures that call themselves human.

  • Lucyfire - 2012-10-09 13:45

    "mother is the word for God on the lips and hearts of all children" they worship you. They believe anything you tell you. They love you unconditionally. They will do anything you ask of them, because they love you that much. Why do we keep failing our children

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-10-09 13:45

    @ BrainCandyCPT - could also be changed to "some people should not be allowed to breathe"

  • tshepo.g.kutumela - 2012-10-09 13:46

    ...ushiywe zingqondo ke lo.

  • Blackpoison - 2012-10-09 13:48

    Probably going to get moderated for this, but,....what a bitch!

  • adelheid.manefeldt - 2012-10-09 13:55

    This is terrible. My heart breaks when I read stories like these.

  • narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-10-09 13:56

    kill it with fire before it can breed further

  • Jay Marian - 2012-10-09 13:58

    There are some of us who would give the world to have healthy kids and you WITCH YOU HAVE TAKEN AN INNOCENT SOUL. May you burn in hell !

  • Moi - 2012-10-09 14:02

    Sick piece of filth. She should be sterilized and should never be allowed to see sunlight, ever again.

  • estelle.longbottom.1 - 2012-10-09 14:03

    glue her against the wall, and beat her!

      liesl.v.niekerk - 2012-10-09 14:15

      hear hear!

  • jvandeventer - 2012-10-09 14:05

    If ever somebody needed a moerse klap (or two) this woman is it! That is the worst kind of bullying you imagine. She is suposed to lead and support, not kick, beat and hurt the little one. What else did she do to her children? To think, there are may people who crave the joy of a baby and this rabbit do not love hers!!!!!!! Shame on her

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-09 14:12

    bad ass mother who did first degree abuse without any remorse. put her on a maximum solitary cells

  • bridget.kgabo - 2012-10-09 14:13

    ndi mme wahani ane anga ita ngauraliho thanwe as nwana wawe xem..why mara.ufanela u fela jele itshi fhela jele i fhele naye anga ngomu hayo mugodoyi hoyu wa mme sis...

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-09 14:14

    bad ass mother who did first degree mother without any remorse. put her on a maximum solitary cells

  • mknnko003 - 2012-10-09 14:22

    What on earth is wrong with people?

      gtkapoya - 2012-10-10 01:22

      i nid her heart ,wnt to burn it wit acid

      gtkapoya - 2012-10-10 01:22

      i nid her heart ,wnt to burn it wit acid

  • jenny.webbe - 2012-10-09 14:36

    What a psycho. She should have her tubes tied and her children taken away from her.

  • justice.shingange - 2012-10-09 15:11

    In actual fact she should be put to jail the rest of her life SIES man

  • lindie.nel.98 - 2012-10-09 15:22

    Animals dont even do these things to their children!!!! Give her to me and I will sort her out!!! May she die an endless painful death!!!

  • lisa.c.Biermann - 2012-10-09 15:59

    shoe five kids, sterilize her, potty training problems is no dam excuse to beat up a child.. it take patience and time to teach a toddler to use a potty.. glue her dam hands to a wall and beat the living crap out of her till she cant walk or has brain damage... eish some people are so sick up stairs.

  • lskosana3 - 2012-10-09 16:11

    All this because a small child wet her panties??? I cannot believe this ruthless woman, she does deserve to go to jail so that her other kids are protected from her. It's hard for me to think about all the children going through such unbearable suffering all over the world. They can't all be helped at once, they just have to live these miserable lives ;(

  • lisa.c.Biermann - 2012-10-09 16:11

    12:53PM EST October 8. 2012 - DALLAS (AP) — A Texas woman who admitted to beating her 2-year-old daughter and gluing her hands to a wall could face life in prison. Elizabeth Escalona pleaded guilty July 12 to injury to a child. The young mother is scheduled to be sentenced Monday. Her daughter was in a coma for two days after the Sept. 7, 2011, incident. The girl and her siblings have since been taken into state custody. Police records show the toddler's siblings told investigators their mother kicked the girl in the stomach repeatedly and hit her with various objects before gluing her hands to the wall. She was in a hospital for a week. Dallas police say Escalona was mad about potty training problems. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redis (the toddler is alive.. praise our father in heavan.

      teresa.villarini - 2012-10-09 16:58

      I thought the poor child died! Thank the lord she didn't and hopefully won't remember all the terrible things that this bitch of a thing did to her! I am sick to my stomach to think what that poor child went through!

  • Onke.Dali - 2012-10-09 17:29

    23 years old with 5 kids? Americans!

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-09 18:35

    Her name gives you an idea she is a bloody Latino. Probably she has followed what the padre used to say about condoms, pills etc. i.e. its a deadly sin to use contraception. As a result she landed up with an unwanted pregnancy and unwanted child whom she treated worse than one treats a dog. Goddamn those priests especially Catholics. Though i do not want to make her an innocent lamb. Let that (w)itch rot in jail!

      Moi - 2012-10-10 12:03

      " bloody Latino" Charming choice of adjective. Please don't presume to label all Latinos on the actions of a few.

  • lana.crous - 2012-10-10 05:44

    Hope she gets locked up for a really long, looooong time and never allowed near children again! And 5 children at 23?! Really.....!!

  • Doep100 - 2012-10-10 06:47

    Siek teef!

  • dirkjohannes - 2012-10-10 08:52

    Drop her in the middle of the ocean and leave her there.

  • rachael.vs.1 - 2012-10-10 09:12

    Violence against mere babies is shocking!! Yes, our children can drive us crazy at times, but we are there to teach and guide them. How very sad.

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-10-10 12:46

    Glue the womans hands to the prison walls and give her a few with a sambok everyday, sick bitch!!!

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-10 12:49

    I have been saying this, and ill say it again, Women are also dangerous like men, so they must say: Stop abuse against children only

      Moi - 2012-10-10 14:20

      Please don't be daft. No one has ever denied that women can also be dangerous. However, it does not take away the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of women who are raped/murdered/beaten daily by the men in their lives.

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