Mom who glued toddler's hands: 'I'm not a monster'

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012
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Her sentencing hearing is scheduled to resume Thursday.

Jocelyn suffered bleeding in her brain, a fractured rib, multiple bruises and bite marks, and was in a coma for a couple of days. Some skin had been torn off her hands, where doctors also found glue residue and white paint chips from the apartment wall, witnesses testified.

Escalona's family has acknowledged their dismay and anger following the attack, but both her mother and sister asked the judge for leniency.

"I wanted an explanation," said Margaret Escalona, her sister. "I wanted to know what happened. I wanted to beat my sister up."

Ofelia Escalona, Elizabeth's mother, said her daughter hit her as a child, but she also said Elizabeth was abused growing up. Both Ofelia and Margaret Escalona argued that Elizabeth needed more help and not prison.

"Her being taken away won't help any," Margaret Escalona said.

Counselor Melanie Davis testified Wednesday that she believes from the conversations she has had with Elizabeth Escalona that the mother loves her five children, one of whom was born after the attack. Davis said she has been counseling Escalona since June, nine months after her arrest.

Escalona has set herself the short-term goals of finding a job and furthering her education and the long-term aim of getting her kids back, Davis testified. She added that Escalona "is need of further counseling services."

Ofelia Escalona now takes care of Elizabeth Escalona's five children, including one child born earlier this year, after the attack took place.



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