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*Update* Incubator Who Glued Baby's Hands to Wall Gets 99 Years!

In a Thursday, October 11, 2012 file photo, Elizabeth Escalona, 23, breaks down as she responds to a line of questions in the sentencing phase of her trial, in Dallas.

Escalona was sentenced Friday, October 12, 2012 to 99 years in prison for beating her toddler and gluing the child's hands to a wall.

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas woman who beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the toddler's hands to a wall was sentenced Friday to 99 years in prison by a judge who described his decision as a necessary punishment for a brutal, shocking attack.

Elizabeth Escalona did not immediately react as State District Judge Larry Mitchell pronounced the sentence at the end of a five-day hearing. Prosecutor Eren Price, who originally offered Escalona a plea deal for 45 years, had argued that she now thought the 23-year-old mother deserved life.

Mitchell said his decision came down to one thing.

"On September 7, 2011, you savagely beat your child to the edge of death," Mitchell said. "For this, you must be punished."

The beating left Jocelyn Cedillo in a coma for a couple of days.

Escalona's other children told authorities their mother attacked Jocelyn due to potty training problems. Police say she kicked her daughter 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.

Jocelyn suffered bleeding in her brain, a fractured rib, multiple bruises and bite marks, a doctor testified. Some skin had been torn off her hands, where doctors also found glue residue and white paint chips from the apartment wall.

Escalona pleaded guilty in July to one count of felony injury to a child.

Price said Escalona would be eligible to apply for parole in 30 years.

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 percent of those inmates are serving sentences of 99 years or more, including life.

Defense attorney Angie N'Duka said afterward that the sentence was "way too harsh" and suggested the widespread attention her client's case had received contributed to the sentence.

"It's a lot of pressure, a lot of pressure on the parties," N'Duka said.

Price said prosecutors decided to ask for a longer sentence after receiving more evidence they wouldn't have had if Escalona had taken a deal for 45 years.

"We feel like the judge listened very carefully to a very difficult week of testimony, and we feel like he did exactly what the evidence called for," Price said.

Throughout the hearing, Price sought to portray Escalona as a liar, a monster and an unfit mother. She forced Escalona Thursday to look at enlarged photos of the bruises her attack left on Jocelyn.

Price argued Friday that if a stranger had beaten Jocelyn the same way, no one would hesitate to give that person life in prison. Escalona had mishandled a "beautiful gift" of a daughter and failed to recognize what she had done, Price argued.

"The 45-year recommendation was for somebody who was going to take ownership of what she did, appreciate what she caused," Price said.

Sending her to prison for decades would protect her children's future, Price argued.

"You can give Jocelyn and her brothers and sister peace," she said. "You can give them peace, so that when they're sitting around the dinner table at Thanksgiving with their big family, they're not worried that their mother is going to come walking through the door."

Defense attorney Angie N'Duka asked for probation or a prison sentence shorter than 10 years. N'Duka argued that her client was a "train wreck" waiting to happen before the attack, the product of a broken home, abuse and a childhood that included illegal drugs and hanging out with gang members.

N'Duka repeated that she did not want to minimize the injuries from the attack.

"They are despicable, but then the question is, 'What is justice for Jocelyn?'" she said, adding later, "Giving Elizabeth the opportunity to be a better mother, giving her the opportunity to get counseling services, will be justice for Jocelyn."

Escalona's five children, including Jocelyn and a baby born after the attack, are in the care of their grandmother, Ofeila Escalona.

Mitchell listened to both lawyers and took a short break before delivering his sentence.

The judge said he believed many of the allegations that Escalona was abused as a child. "And again, outside of the context of this trial, I think even the state would find you to be a sympathetic figure, because they prosecute people for what was done to you," Mitchell said. "But I can't consider that evidence outside of the context of this trial."

He then announced the sentence. A family member of Escalona began sobbing and screaming, "No!"

N'Duka told reporters that Escalona had asked afterward, "What about my children?"

Ofelia Escalona had asked for leniency for her daughter. After the sentencing, she left the courtroom with a solemn expression, ignoring reporters' shouted questions.

*I love the big, "Liar", sign behind her!*

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Though it may be reduced under appeal, I think the sentence was fair. She'll be able to get out on parole in 30 years and by that time the children will be on their own. To blame society for your mistakes is ridiculous and I don't see how letting "Mommy" out would of been fair to the children. At some point you have to hold yourself accountable. What if she projected the blame at the kids for her legal troubles? She going to abuse them again until she succeeds in killing one of them? Best not to give her the chance.

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She was pregnant when she abused the little girl. Her grandmother has all five of the children.

Five at 23 would have to be difficult, but, people need to think before they have sex.

I believe in birth control and I am so glad I never had to decide whether or not to keep a baby.

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99 years isn't enough.

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I am hoping someone beats the hell out of her like she did her daughter.

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She was pregnant when she abused the little girl. Her grandmother has all five of the children.

Five at 23 would have to be difficult, but, people need to think before they have sex.

I believe in birth control and I am so glad I never had to decide whether or not to keep a baby.
I agree with you. Very true words.
I mean, there's nothing wrong in engaging in sex with your partner as long as you're using condoms/birth control/or know when to pull out ()

Having a child is something that you should be prepared for and willing to commit to.
Apparently the woman in this story certainly wasn't prepared to be a mother and clearly didn't know when to keep her bloody legs closed.

I would have raged if her excuse to all that was PSTD.
Thankfully the judge sentenced her to 99 years.
She'll get plenty of scissoring, ass rapeage and one hell of a loose vagina + gaping asshole

Poor baby though...
Can't stand children being abused. I'm hoping the child makes a full recovery.

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99 years isn't enough.
Took the words out of my mouth.

If only people could be kept alive longer.

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hope she gets beaten to death in jail.

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I find it astonishing that people can do these wicked,cruel things to small children,especially under the guise of punishment.
I've only ever hit a child on one occasion,and it was one of the most horrible experiences of my life.
When my niece was about 2 or 3 she was biting into a plugged-in tv electrical cord ,had torn through the plastic into the wiring and refused to let go or let me unplug the cord from the juice.Sparks were coming from the cord. Stern warnings,pleas,admonitions,yelling wouldn't work-and I knew if her teeth went any further she'd electrocute herself.The fuse box was too far away to go to & shut off the power and leave her unattended.2 mild smacks on her bottom didn't work either. Trying to remove her from the danger didn't work as she threw a fit and closed her mouth around the cord even tighter.I don't believe aunties have the right to spank their sibling's kids but I was desperate.So I hit her quite hard to shock her into letting go.Still she bit down harder and refused to let go.Then I hit her bottom again REALLY hard til she yelled and let go.She had a big red mark on her bottom(which faded after several minutes,thankfully) and I felt like a child-abusing shit.I told both her parents what had happened and they told me that they knew it was an emergency,but it really shook me that I had to resort to that.I was practically hysterical and never dreamed I'd be in a situation where I'd lose control like that and hurt someone,especially a child.Neither her mum or me ever hit her again,I'm glad to say.(Though you could count on one hand the few times her mum ever smacked her)We always felt in normal circumstances(not involving saving her life!) there were better options.Now she's older her mum doesn't need to punish her much any way as she's a good kid you can talk to and explain things to.
If she does cross the line its naughty step or loss of privileges like tv.But I deeply regret that in that emergency that was the only solution I could muster.To torture or hurt children as a regular thing is horrendous to me.I still shudder when I remember that day and what I thought I'd become.

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