All of this… over potty training.
A Dallas woman who beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the toddler’s hands to a wall because she was struggling with potty training was sentenced Friday to 99 years in prison.
Family members in the courtroom sobbed loudly as the judge announced Elizabeth Escalona’s punishment. Escalona pleaded guilty in July to felony injury to a child, but her mother and sister had asked the court for leniency on her behalf.
Dallas County prosecutor Eren Price said the 23-year-old mother of five had not taken responsibility for her actions.
“Elizabeth lies to hide the evil,” Price said.
Defense attorney Angie N’Duka repeated that Escalona was not a monster and that she was deserving of probation or a short sentence.
“She is no monster. She can be redeemed. She can be helped,” N’Duka said during closing arguments.
N’Duka said Escalona asked, “What about my children?” after the sentence was announced.
Price said Escalona will be eligible for parole in 30 years. N’Duka said she plans to appeal.
Escalona’s family has acknowledged their dismay and anger following the attack, but her sister and her mother nonetheless asked the judge for leniency.
Does this horrible mom deserve 99 years for her crime?