A young American mother has been given a 99 year jail sentence after admitting super-gluing her two-year-old daughter’s hands to a wall.
A court in Dallas heard that Elizabeth Escalona also beat the toddler so badly that she fell into a coma.
Larry Mitchell, Dallas County District Court Judge told her:
“You savagely beat your child to the edge of death. I find you guilty of the offence charged. I’ll set your sentence at confinement in the penitentiary for a period of 99 years. Your sentence goes into effect today.”
The 23-year-old pleaded guilty in July to charges of causing injury to a child.
Her daughter Jocelyn suffered a fracture rib, multiple bruises, bite marks and bleeding in her brain during the attack in September 2011.
She and Escalona’s four other children are now in the care of their grandmother.
Escalona’s lawyer Angie N’Duka said her client was the product of a broken home and had a childhood that included illegal drugs and gangs.
“She’s not evil, that’s all I can tell you. Elizabeth Escalona is a child who never developed, who never had a childhood. So no, she’s not evil,” said N’Duka.