The Texas mom who beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued her hands to a wall was sentenced today to 99 years in prison. Judge Larry Mitchell gave the life sentence to a tearful Elizabeth Escalona, 23, because "you savagely beat your child to the edge of death."
The sentence came down after five days of painful testimony in the case, as prosecutors showed pictures of the beaten toddler to Escalona and asked her if she was a "monster."
Escalona, who had pleaded guilty in July, nodded and replied, "Yes."
Elizabeth Escalona, 23, breaks down as she responds to a line of questions in the sentencing phase of her trial, Oct. 11, 2012, in Dallas.
The attack on the child came after Escalona became frustrated with potty training. Testimony from the girl's siblings revealed that Escalona kicked the girl in the stomach and hit her with a milk jug before gluing her hands to the wall. The girl was hospitalized in a coma from the beating and some skin had been torn off her hands, doctors testified.
The mother of three pleaded for leniency during her sentencing hearing, begging the judge to consider that she had been sexually abused as a child. But cross-examination by the prosecutors pointed out that Escalona was a consistently abusive mother who did drugs and beat her children.
Escalona admitted to using drugs since the age of 13, smoking marijuana while she was pregnant, and doing drugs and drinking while out on bond for a prior felony charge.
The prosecution projected the words "LIAR" and "MONSTER" on a screen above Escalona's head during cross-examination.
Escalona said she did not clearly remember the beating she gave to her daughter in 2011 that left the toddler hospitalized. She could not recall where she got glue and had no idea why she glued her child's hands to the wall.
Escalona's family cried out as Mitchell announced the sentence, later hanging their heads in their laps and crying, according to the Dallas Morning News. Escalona showed little emotion.
Escalona will be eligible for parole in 30 years. Her children are now in the custody of the state.