After a potty training accident, Elizabeth Escalona, 23 and mom-of-five admitted to punishing her daughter by severely beating her and gluing her hands to the wall. Now, the mom has received a lifetime jail sentence in exchange for the charges.
In a firm sentence, District Judge Larry Mitchell delivered the final decision. “On Sept. 7, 2011, you savagely beat your child to the edge of death,” Mitchell said. “For this you must be punished.”
Escalona’s other kids testified that their mother attacked Jocelyn Escalona, 2, after the latter had some potty training issues. The mom continually kicked her, beat her with a milk jug, then glued her hands to a wall using a strong adhesive.
As a result of the punishment, Jocelyn was in a coma for a few days. In addition, she suffered from internal bleeding in her brain, a fractured rib, multiple bruises, and even some bite marks. The doctors found out about the gluing incident after discovering the torn skin from her hands.
Last Thursday, prosecutors had shown Escalona pictures of Jocelyn after the severe beating. The mom was crying and hesitant to look at the photos.
“Ms. Escalona, if you can do it, you can look at it,” prosecutor Eren Price shouted, adding that Escalona was an unfit mother who has periods of violence towards her kids.
“I should be put away,” Escalona admitted. “But I also think I should be given a second chance because I’m not a monster.”
Escalona grew up around gangs and drugs, leading her to assault her mother when she was 12, and having her first child when she was 14.
Her attorney Angie N’Duka argued that Escalona needs rehabilitation, not a jail sentence to recover from her own rough childhood.
However, prosecutor Price believes that it’s time to protect Escalona’s children.
“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.”
A sentence of 99 years is rare for the charge of felony injury to a child, but Escalona will be eligible for parole in 30 years.