Elizabeth Escalona, the mother who glued her 2-year-old daughter’s hands to an apartment wall is now facing a wide range of sentences from probation to life in prison. Ofelia Escalona, the culprit’s mother, ask leniency for her daughter claiming the latter needs help to overcome her childhood abuses, the Associated Press reports.
Elizabeth Escalona was arrested over a year ago after beating her 2-year-old daughter, Jocelyn Cedillo, and gluing her hands to an apartment wall over potty training problems. The child was taken to the hospital where she remained for four days because she needed medical care. Judges have mixed feelings when it comes to sentencing the violent mom; they are taking into consideration any possibility from probation to life in prison, whereas prosecutors are asking for a 45-year sentence.
Defense attorney Angie N’Duka thinks her client deserves a second chance. N’Duka asked Escalona what she thought of her past deeds. After carefully analyzing the pictures illustrating her daughter’s injuries, the woman stated that only a monster would act the way she did. She further added that her behavior has changed a lot in the past year, so she is no longer the monster she used to be. Elizabeth reassured prosecutors that she loves her children and would never do anything to hurt them.
During the past year, prosecutors have brought evidence to portray Escalona as a violent and dangerous woman who is unfit to be a mother. They told the judges that she was a problematic child because she threatened to kill her mother when she was a teenager and became a gang member when she was very young. Doctors’ reports show that Jocelyn suffered bleeding in her brain, rib fractures, multiple bruises and bite marks while she was beaten by her mother. The photos showed that the skin on her hands was torn off while paramedics unglued her hands.
In spite of her past misbehavior, Elizabeth’s mother, Ofelia, asked the judges for leniency claiming that the woman was abused as a child and she needs specialized help to overcome her problems. Her declaration was confirmed by Margaret, who told lawyers that her sister loves her children very much.