A 23-year-old Dallas woman, who pled guilty to gluing her two-year-old daughter’s hands to a wall and beating her into a coma in 2011, was sentenced to 99 years in jail on Oct. 12.
Elizabeth Escalona, 23, admitted to the September 2011 torture she inflicted on her daughter, which left her with a fractured rib, bleeding in her brain, and in a coma for days. On Oct. 12, the young mother received a harsh sentence of 99 years in prison for her vicious attack.
During the sentencing trial, Elizabeth testified extensively in her defense, begging to not be sent to prison and for a second chance to redeem herself.
“I hit her, I kicked her constantly, and she didn’t deserve that,” she said on Oct. 11. “Only a monster does that.”
State District Judge Larry Mitchell expressed his understanding of Elizabeth’s troubled upbringing, including sexual and physical abuse against her, but did not believe he should implement leniancy on her
“On Sept. 7, 2011, you savagely beat your child to the edge of death,” he said. “For this you must be punished.” While he delivered the sentence of 99 years behind bars, Elizabeth showed no emotion.
According to police reports, Elizabeth hit the girl in the stomach with a milk jug, kicked her, and beat her with a belt, before gluing her hands to the wall. The toddler was rushed to the hospital, where she was briefly put on life support. Police say the young mother was frustrated with trying to potty train her two-year-old daughter.
The little girl surrived, and is now living with her grandmother, Ofelia Escalona, who testified on Elizabeth’s behalf.
What a heartbreaking case. We hope this family finds peace in this tragic case.
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