Mom seeks leniency for woman who glued kid's hands

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Associated Press

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas woman who admitted beating her 2-year-old daughter and gluing her hands to a wall was a troubled teen.

Elizabeth Escalona faces from probation to life in prison, but prosecutors are seeking a 45-year prison sentence. She pleaded guilty in July to felony injury to a child.

Police say the 23-year-old mother attacked Jocelyn Cedillo (seh-DEE'-yoh) in September 2011 because she was mad about potty training problems.

At the sentencing hearing Tuesday, some authorities testified that Escalona was known to be in a gang when she was a teenager and harassed her mother.

But her mother, Ofelia Escalona, asked the judge for a sentence of probation.

She said her daughter "made a mistake. She's not a monster. She needs help."

Testimony was to continue Wednesday.

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