Elizabeth Escalona has become known as the glue mom, the mom who glued her 2-year-old daughter's hands to a wall during a fit of pique while potty training the toddler. And now glue mom will be the woman parents think of before they abuse their kids. Because Elizabeth Escalona has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for what she did to little Joselyn Cedillo.
Ninety-nine years. That's more time than sadistic pedophile Jerry Sandusky got for more than 40 counts of child abuse. And you know what? It sounds about right.
This is not to say that Escalona's heinous acts are the same as Sandusky's.
No, they stand on their own. They are depraved in their own right.
Because Elizabeth Escalona didn't just glue her innocent daughter's hands to the wall. She beat her own child so badly that the child ended up in a coma. She used a helpless 2-year-old as a punching bag, and little Joselyn almost died.
I look at Escalona's conviction. I look at 99 years. And I think she got lucky. Many in this country would rather this were a case of an eye for an eye, of gluing Elizabeth's hands to the wall and beating her into a coma.
Granted, that's not how we do things in America. Which is why the extreme sentence handed down to the 23-year-old Escalona is something we need to see more often.
We need to send a message to abusive parents that just because their kids are powerless to defend themselves, just because kids are smaller, weaker doesn't mean they deserve anything less than the best treatment. Kids are still human beings; albeit smaller ones. And if we have to start sentencing more parents to extreme sentences to stop this tide of parents using punishments so extreme they are abusive, than so be it.
What do you think of the 99 year sentence? Too much or just enough?
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