A little more than a year after beating her daughter and gluing her hands to the wall because of potty training problems, Elizabeth Escalona was sentenced to 99 years in prison. The Dallas, Texas case, widely followed by local media, fascinated many because of the severity of the mother’s abuse and the range of possible punishments she could receive.

According to The Houston Chronicle, the twenty-three-year-old pleaded guilty to felony injury to a child over the summer and could have been sentenced to anything between non-incarcerated probation to life in prison. Initially, prosecutors were hoping she would be given 45 years, but after weighing all the facts, they eventually pushed for the maximum possible sentence.

The horrendous crime occurred in September of 2011. The defendant’s older children told authorities their mother grew enraged with two-year-old Jocelyn Cedillo and beat her with a milk jug before super gluing her hands to the wall. The poor girl suffered bleeding in her brain and fell into a coma but has since recovered. She and her siblings are now staying with their grandmother.

Escalona will be eligible for parole in thirty years. She’s planning to appeal in an effort to get out sooner, but even if she does get a more lenient sentence, it’s unlikely she’ll get any of her children back. Pop Blend’s thoughts go out to all of the children affected by this miserable tragedy. Here’s to hoping they feel a lot safer at their new house.

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