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‘Douche du Jour’: Elizabeth Escalona Sentenced to 99 Years Prison for Gluing 2-Year-Old’s Hands to Wall

A Texas woman has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for beating, kicking and gluing her two-year-old daughter’s hands to a wall.

CBS reports that 23-year-old Elizabeth Escalona of Dallas was sentenced on Friday.

Escalona was arrested last September. According to police, she kicked little Jocelyn, beat her with a milk jug and glued her hands to a wall with Super Glue. Escalona’s other children said their mother did this because she was having difficulty toilet training Jocelyn.

Jocelyn, who was in a coma for two days after the hand-gluing incident, suffered from bleeding in her brain, a broken rib, bruises and bite marks. Skin had also been torn from her hands.

Escalona pleaded guilty to felony child injury in July. Her five children were placed in the custody of their grandmother.

Taking the stand to testify– against the advice of her attorney, Escalona tearfully admitted to abusing her daughter.

“I hit her. I kicked her. Constantly,” she confessed, also acknowledging gluing the toddler’s hands to the wall.

“Only a monster glues her daughter’s hands to the wall,” Dallas County prosecutor Eren Price said during Escalona’s hearing.

Escalona pleaded for leniency, acknowledging that she should “be put away” but saying she should be “given a second chance.”

When Price asked why, Escalona replied, “because I’m not a monster.”

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  1. JillyNovember 8, 2012 at 3:44 amReply

    I don’t know if she regrets what she did, I don’t know if she’s aware of just how monstrous her crime is. If she is aware of it, it’ll be eating her up from the inside and she’ll have to live with it for the rest of her life. To be honest, I can’t say that I care either way, so long as she can’t harm Joceyln any more. The most important thing is that Jocelyn was taken away, that she survived.

    I can only hope that she’ll have no memory of what was done to her. Better not to recall your biological mother at all in these circumstances.

    The idea of child protection isn’t just some soundbite from the media or a set of laws, it’s a promise between a parent and child. The promise that you’ll keep them safe, that you’ll do everything in your power to keep them from coming to any harm. Maybe that promise isn’t spoken but the child should always be aware of it and believe in it. And the parent should never do anything to shake that belief.

    Elizabeth Escalona broke that promise in one of the most monstrous ways she could.

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