U.S. mom sentenced to 99 years in prison-A A +A
Saturday, October 13, 2012
HOUSTON -- A U.S. mother was sentenced to 99 years in prison on Friday for beating her 2-year-old daughter and gluing her hands to a wall, local media reported.
Elizabeth Escalona, from the Texas city of Dallas, pleaded guilty in July to felony injury to a child, according to a report by The Houston Chronicle.
The 23-year-old mother "savagely beat" her child, Jocelyn Cedillo, and deserved to be punished, said State District Judge Larry Mitchell.
Escalona's other children told investigators that their mother attacked Jocelyn in September 2011 due to potty training problems.
Escalona reportedly kicked her daughter in the stomach, beat her with a milk jug, and 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, and was in a coma for a couple of days, doctors said.
Prosecutors, who described Escalona as an unfit mother with a history of violence, played recordings in which Escalona as a teenager threatened to kill her mother. They also said she was a former gang member who started smoking marijuana at age 11.
Jocelyn is now being cared for by her grandmother, who is also taking care of Jocelyn's four siblings. (PNA/Xinhua)