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Glued toddler's mom cries at photos of injuries

Associated Press Modified: October 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm •  Published: October 11, 2012

She described one of her sons misbehaving and getting into fights and another daughter once leaving home without her permission. Under questioning from defense attorney Angie N'Duka, Escalona said she was learning ways to deal with her anger and the stress of raising five children.

But Price said she still didn't understand what could have caused the attack on Jocelyn.

"Explain to us what about your stress is unique from what everybody else in this world lives through every single day," she said.

In her testimony, Escalona admitted she often doesn't tell the truth and had lied to doctors and others assigned to her case. But she resisted Price's repeated efforts to get her to admit she was a liar.

"I'm not a liar," Escalona said. "I have a hard time trusting people."

N'Duka pointed out repeatedly that Escalona had repeatedly taken the blame for attacking her daughter.

"She said to you, 'I take full responsibility for what happened,'" N'Duka asked a Dallas Police officer who investigated the case, Sr. Cpl. Abel Lopez.

Escalona acknowledged several missteps in her childhood: hanging around with gang members and trying marijuana around the age of 11, assaulting her mother at 12 and getting pregnant with her first child at 14.

She also admitted drinking and doing drugs after she was released from jail on bond in February.

Despite what she described as problems paying rent and other bills, Escalona admitted she was using marijuana about twice a day in the time before she attacked Jocelyn.

State District Judge Larry Mitchell will decide Escalona's sentence. Closing arguments in the sentencing hearing are scheduled for Friday morning.