Elizabeth Escalona, the Dallas mother who admitted to beating her 2-year-old daughter and sticking her hands to a wall using super glue faces up to life in prison when she is sentenced Monday.
Escalona, 23, pleaded guilty to injury to a child charges in July after confessing to abusing her 2-year-old daughter Joselyn so severely that the girl was put in a coma for two days in September 2011, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Escalona allegedly told police she abused her daughter because of a “potty training issue,” the paper reported.
The judge sentencing Escalona has wide discretion over the penalty for her crimes. According to the Dallas Morning News, Escalona can receive a sentence ranging from no jail time (deferred adjudication probation) to life in prison.
Escalona also admitted to kicking Joselyn in the stomach and hitting her with a milk jug, according to the paper.
The Texas woman apparently had no remorse for her actions on the day of the incident, posting to Facebook, “Why does God put obstacles in my life?” the paper reported. She also changed her profile picture to a photo of her and her daughter.
A police investigation revealed Joselyn’s siblings reported the abuse, saying their sister was “pooping in her pants” when the abuse started.
Escalona’s mother took her granddaughter to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas after Escalona was crying hysterically over the phone shortly after the abuse took place, according to the Morning News.
In a Dallas courtroom earlier Monday, evidence photos were shown that displayed bruises, cuts and bite marks on Jocelyn’s body, the paper reported.
The child abuse pediatrician at the hospital at the time, Dr. Amy Barton, broke down on the witness stand whens he had to speak about Jocelyn’s injuries.
“The entire picture was very shocking,” Barton said during Escalona’s sentencing hearing, according to the Morning News. “I see a lot of children and this was one of the most shocking things that I’ve seen.”
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