Elizabeth Escalona, a 23-year-old mother who super-glued her 2-year-old daughter’s hands to a wall and beat the girl so badly that she suffered bleeding on her brain, a doctor testified Monday during the mother’s sentencing hearing.
Prosecutors presented gruesome photos and details of the attack. Police say the 23-year-old mother attacked the toddler due to potty training problems. Police records show the toddler’s siblings told investigators their mother kicked the girl in the stomach repeatedly and hit her with various objects before gluing her hands to the wall.
Dr. Amy Barton, a former pediatrician who treated the girl, testified at the sentencing hearing.
“This was one of the most shocking cases I have ever seen,” she said, crying, according to ABC News affiliate WFAA.
Escalona’s daughter, Jocelyn, was hospitalized for about one week with injuries that included bleeding on her brain, a fractured rib, severe bruises and others likely caused by direct blows, according to Dr. Amy Barton, a former child abuse specialist at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Escalona has five children, including a baby born this year, that are currently under the care of her mother.
Escalona plead guilty in July 2011 and now faces life up to in prison. The sentencing hearing is scheduled to continue today.
Escalona’s attorney, Angie N’Duka, said she hadn’t decided if her client would take the stand. A state district judge will decide her punishment.
A Facebook page called Lock Up Elizabeth Escalona was created to seek justice.