Texas mom who glued kid's hands to wall faces life term

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by MARCUS MOORE and Associated Press reports

WFAA and Associated Press reports

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 3:28 PM

DALLAS -- A Dallas woman who admitted to beating her two-year-old daughter and gluing her hands to a wall is set to be sentenced.

Elizabeth Escalona, 23, pleaded guilty July 12 to injury to a child. The young mother is scheduled to be sentenced Monday and faces up to life in prison.

A judge is expected to set the punishment for Elizabeth Escalona. She pleaded guilty to 1st-degree injury to a child.

Her daughter, Joselyn Cedillo, was in a coma for two days after the Sept. 7, 2011, incident. The girl and her siblings have since been taken into state custody. 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. She was in a hospital for a week.

Dallas police say Escalona was mad about potty training problems.

Witnesses in the punishment phase began testifying Monday morning.

During testimony Dr. Amy Barton, former pediatrician who treated Joselyn Cedillo tearfully said, "This was one of the most shocking cases I have ever seen."

The prosecution showed photos of the injured girl, showing the "extensive" bruising to Cedillo's body.

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