Mom who glued kid's hands to wall faces life term

Associated Press Modified: October 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm •  Published: October 8, 2012
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"She never really asked" about Jocelyn's condition, Lopez said. "I had to tell her."

Escalona's mother, Ofelia Escalona, 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. Under questioning from prosecutor Eren Price, Ofelia Escalona acknowledged that her daughter had also hit her several times when Elizabeth Escalona was growing up.

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.