Elizabeth Escalona, the Texas mom who beat her two-year-old daughter and glued her hands to a well, was sentenced to 99 years in prison on Friday.
The Dallas woman faced a possible sentence of probation to live in prison, with prosecutors seeking 45 years behind bars for the extreme child abuse, reports Fox News.
State District Judge Larry Mitchell stated during the sentencing that Escalona “savagely beat” her child, and therefore deserved to be punished.
The 23-year-old mother’s other children spoke with authorities about the incident, saying that their mother attacked two-year-old Jocelyn Cedillo in September 2011 because of potty training problems.
Escalona kicked her toddler daughter in the stomach, beat her with a milk jug, then glued her hands to a wall of their apartment with an adhesive commonly known as Super Glue. Because of the beating, little Jocelyn suffered bleeding in her brain, a fractured rib, numerous bruises and bite marks, and was even in a coma for a couple of days.
Doctors testified at Elizabeth Escalona’s sentencing hearing about her daughter’s injuries, adding that some skin had also been torn from her hands, where doctors also discovered glue residue and paint chips from the apartment wall.
NBC News notes that Elizabeth Escalona, the “glued hands mom,” cried while on the stand during Thursday’s hearing when prosecutor Eren Price displayed a photo of the two-year-old girl. In the picture, the young girl had dozens of red and brown marks from the savage beating. In a loud voice, Price told her, “Ms. Escalona, if you can do it, you can look at it.”
Price added that the mom who glued her daughter’s hands to the wall during a savage beating will be eligible for parole in 30 years. Elizabeth Escalona’s defense attorney, Angie N’Duka, stated that they plan to appeal the sentencing.