DALLAS – Elizabeth Escalona, the Dallas mother who glued her two-year-old daughter’s hands to a wall, has been sentenced to 99 years in prison.
The 23-year-old faced anywhere from probation to life in prison for the abuse. Family members openly wept in the courtroom after the verdict was read.
During closing arguments Friday, Escalona’s defense again pleaded for a light sentence. Attorney Angie N’Duka argued the mother snapped under pressure and isn’t a monster, the phrase the prosecution literally hung over her head in court Thursday.
N’Duka described her client’s difficult upbringing, saying Escalona was alone and her life was “not normal.”
Prosecutor Eren Price began her final argument with a photo the injured two-year-old Jocelyn Cedillo, bruised and swollen at her own mother’s hands. Price told the court that the mother of five was given a gift and said the picture is what she did with it.
Price, who is pushing for life in prison, said Escalona “lies to cover evil” and has not contributed one positive thing to the community.
State District Judge Larry Mitchell then recessed the court and came back with the verdict 15 minutes later.