Elizabeth Escalona, 23, pleaded guilty this morning to injury to a child, admitting she beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the child’s hands to the wall.
As Esclaona left the courtroom, she declined to talk about her guilty plea or her daughter, Joselyn Cedillo.
“I have no comment, and only God can judge me,” she said in a hallway outside the courtroom. “That’s all I gotta say.”
Police have said they believe Escalona tortured the girl over potty-training issues.
Police records show that Joseyln’s siblings told investigators that their mother kicked the girl in the stomach, hit her with a jug of milk, a belt and a shoe. They said Esclalona then put glue on Jocelyn’s hands and glued them to the wall.
Joseyln suffered extensive bruising, brain swelling, broken bones, swollen intestines, bruised lungs and an injured liver.
The girl was initially in a coma. She and her siblings were taken into state custody.
On the day Joseyln was injured in September, Escalona wrote on Facebook page: “Why does God put obstacles in my life?” She also changed her profile photo to one of her and Joseyln.
Escalona will be sentenced by state District Judge Larry Mitchell on Sept. 10. She faces up to life in prison but is also eligible for deferred adjudication. If Mitchell gives Escalona deferred adjudication in the case, she would not have a criminal conviction.
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