Mom seeks leniency for woman who glued child's hands


From staff and wire reports

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 6:50 PM

DALLAS — The mother of a Dallas woman who admitted beating her two-year-old daughter and gluing her hands to a wall has asked a judge for leniency.

Elizabeth Escalona faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty in July to attacking daughter Jocelyn Cedillo last September. Police said the 23-year-old mother attacked the toddler due to potty training problems.

Before resting their case Tuesday, prosecutors completed their questioning of Escalona's mother, Ofelia Escalona. She tearfully asked the judge for leniency in sentencing her daughter.

"She can be fixed. She is not a monster," the elder Escalona said. "I am asking for probation on behalf of my daughter."

But prosecutor Eren Price said Elizabeth Escalona is a monster. "Only a monster would glue her daughter's hands and give her a brain injury," Price said.

Prosecutors also played recordings in which Elizabeth threatened to kill her mother when she was a teenager. They also said she was a former gang member who started smoking pot at age 11.

But her mother said Elizabeth was a victim of abuse as a child, and had a hard upbringing.

"I take responsibility for not helping her," Ofelia Escalona said.

Prosecutors say that's no excuse Jocelyn spent a week in the hospital. The child made a miraculous recovery, and photos of the little girl smiling and happy were shown in court.

A doctor testified Monday that Jocelyn was hospitalized for about one week with injuries that included bleeding on her brain.

WFAA reporter Rebecca Lopez and the Associated Press contributed to this report.