published Monday, October 8th, 2012

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

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    This undated file handout photo from the Dallas County Sheriff's Department shows Elizabeth Escalona who admitted to beating her 2-year-old daughter and gluing her hands to a wall. Escalona pleaded guilty July 12, 2012 to injury to a child. The young mother is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, and faces up to life in prison.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press

DALLAS — A doctor has testified that a Texas mother who glued her 2-year-old daughter's hands to a wall also beat the toddler so badly that she suffered significant brain trauma and bleeding inside her skull.

Elizabeth Escalona pleaded guilty July 12 to injury to a child. The 23-year-old mother is being sentenced Monday. She faces up to life in prison. A state district judge will decide her punishment.

The doctor showed photos of the beaten child.

The toddler was in a coma for two days after the Sept. 7, 2011, incident. Police records show the toddler's siblings told investigators their mother repeatedly kicked the girl in the stomach and hit her with various objects before gluing her hands to the wall.

Police say Escalona was mad about potty training problems.

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