Meet Elizabeth Escalona from Dallas, Texas.
A 23 year-old mother of a 3 year-old daughter named Jocelyn Cedillo.
Back in September of last year, when Baby Jocelyn was 2 years-old, Escalona was going through the stages of potty training.
But at some point, something went wrong.
Escalona got frustrated with Baby Jocelyn. In her frustration, Escalona glued Baby Jocelyn’s hands to a wall, then proceeded to beat and kick her.
Baby Jocelyn suffered that included bleeding on the brain, a fractured rib, severe bruises, and others, most likely caused by direct blows. “She had bruises everywhere. She even kicked her in the vagina,” , said Dallas County district attorney spokeswoman Debbie Denmon. These injuries left Baby Jocelyn in a coma for two days. And she stayed at the hospital for a week.
The day Jocelyn was injured, Escalona wrote on a Facebook page, “Why does God put obstacles in my life?” and changed her profile photo to one of her and Jocelyn, according to the Dallas Morning News. Her Myspace page, where she appeared to use the nickname “Thug Girl,” still lists her as a “Proud parent” and features photos of her clutching babies.
But this isn’t Escalona’s first violent offense.
Ofelia Escalona, the mother of Elizabeth Escalona, acknowledged that her daughter had also hit her several times when Escalona was growing up.
To bad a baby had to suffer severely, in order for this woman’s brutality to come to an end.
On Monday, Escalona stood at her sentencing hearing, facing life.
Her mother testified about her panic and confusion when she arrived at the family home after the attack and found Jocelyn lying on the floor, taking shallow breaths.
The grandmother said she came over after her daughter called her. She said she could see something wrong in her daughter’s face.
“I had my daughter in front of me, but she was not all there,” Ofelia Escalona said, her voice often breaking throughout her testimony.
She picked Jocelyn up off the floor and noticed the child had soiled her underwear, the grandmother said. She changed Jocelyn, ran with the girl to her car, and told her son to drive them to the hospital.
But Jocelyn then started talking – asking for food – leading her grandmother to believe the girl didn’t need to go to the emergency room. She told her son to turn around.
“I made a horrible mistake,” Ofelia Escalona said.
Testimony then concluded for the day because Ofelia Escalona had to pick up another one of her grandchildren from school. The grandmother is now taking care of her daughter’s five children, including a baby born this year.
As testimony ended, Elizabeth Escalona used tissues to wipe her eyes before sheriff’s deputies escorted her from the courtroom.
This is the original news story…
Opponents have started a Facebook page of their own, “Lock Up Elizabeth Escalona,” with more than 4,400 likes, as well as an online petition signed by more than 390 people calling on Judge Larry Mitchell to sentence Escalona to life in prison.
I really hope that this sick broad gets what she deserves.