published Friday, September 9th, 2011

Dallas mom glued daughter's hands to wall

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DALLAS — A 22-year-old mother was facing child abuse charges today after police say she glued her toddler daughter's hands to a wall, kicked her in the stomach and beat her over a potty training issue.

Joselyn Cedillo, 2, was on life support with multiple internal injuries at a Dallas hospital Thursday, The Dallas Morning News reported. A hospital spokeswoman told The Associated Press she had no information on the girl Friday.

The newspaper, citing police records, said glue and paint were stuck to Joselyn's palms, and that skin had torn away in places.

Joselyn's mother, Elizabeth Escalona, was crying and hysterical when she called her own mother Wednesday morning from her Dallas apartment, according to police records. The records show that when the grandmother arrived at the apartment, her granddaughter was unconscious on the floor. She took her to the hospital.

One of the girl's brothers said their mother kicked the child in the stomach and beat her with a belt and shoe, according to police records.

Another sibling said she couldn't sleep during the night because she heard her mother yelling and the girl crying. She said Joselyn had been having difficulty with potty training. She said Escalona dragged Joselyn by her feet from the kitchen to another part of the apartment, put glue on her hands and stuck them to the wall.

"This is beyond abuse," said Dallas police Sgt. Brenda Nichols. "This is torture."

A pediatrician said the girl had "severe life-threatening head and internal injuries" and was in a coma, according to police records.

Escalona is being held on $500,000 bond on a felony injury to a child charge that carries a sentence of up to life in prison. Her attorney didn't immediately return a phone call from the AP seeking comment.

Child Protective Services has taken custody of the girl and her three siblings, said agency spokeswoman Julie Moody. She said she could not discuss the family's history with CPS.

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Onceuponatime said...

This woman needs to be shot. The child is just a toddler! A lot of babies have potty training issues. It just takes time and patience. How could anyone ever to this to their own child?!?!?!?!?! I hope the poor baby pulls through, though, I would assume she will have long term injuries if not brain damage. My heart goes out to the child and her sibilings along with their families but I truly hope the "mother" gets what's coming to her.

September 9, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.

Those poor children. I hope the family gets custody of them so that they can have some comfort after this.

September 9, 2011 at 4:54 p.m.
blindmouses said...

Has anyone ever been drug by their feet across a floor? Like the article said. That is beyond abuse. You can't glue a human even an animal to any type of surface. That is cruel and unusual punishment. The mother does deserve punishment and loss of custody of all her children. "Onceuponatime," do you know that people like yourselves can be tracked and arrested for wishing for someone to be shot? That's pretty harsh for you to judge someone like that.

September 9, 2011 at 5:50 p.m.
tderng said...

blindmouses...she needs to be covered in honey and staked out over an anthill.Being shot is too good for her.

September 9, 2011 at 6:48 p.m.
blindmouses said...

Haha! At least you have some humor! I can laugh at that but can't laugh at someone straight up saying she needs to be shot!

September 9, 2011 at 10:33 p.m.
Onceuponatime said...

Blindmouses, it not too harsh. Her daughter might be dying. Anyone with that much evil in them deserves nothing more. I came from a highly abusive household and have scars on my body from my mother. I prayed for someone to save me every day through the abuse until my now husband came along and saved me. I have no shame in admitting I truly believe this woman should be shot or at least executed. If she got out of jail and had more children or gained custody of her current children what would stop her from beating them or worse. Stop the cycle now. You cannot be arrested for having an opinion now if I had made a death threat that is different but I am not making a death threat I am stating my opinion. If it was your child and your child was beaten to the inch of her life and more than likely die would you not the feel the same way? Would locking her up be enough for you? It certainly would not be for me if my child was in that position.

September 9, 2011 at 10:47 p.m.
scberry628 said...

It sounds like she's an extremely young mom who was probably a teen mom. She could be suffering from PPD and may not know it. I'm not justifying her actions but post partom depression can bring about irrational behavior. and unless the paper didn't report a father, it sounds like she's a single mom and at her age, with multiple children, and alone, that is difficult. Abuse is abuse and what she did is inconceivable, but she did cry out for help from her mom. This family needs prayers, not judgments. My heat aches for this little girl.i have a 2 year old and cannot imagine doing such a thing to amt of my babies, but I also had someone in my life to recognize PPD and I sought help. And I'm doing a lot better.

September 10, 2011 at 10:14 a.m.
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