Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Counselor: Mom who glued toddler’s hands to wall loves her kids
Counselor Melanie Davis said the mom would benefit from more counseling.
DALLAS A counselor says she believes a Dallas mother loves all her children even though she beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the toddler's hands to a wall.
Prosecutors are seeking a 45-year prison sentence for Elizabeth Escalona, who pleaded guilty in July to felony injury to a child.
Police say Escalona lost her temper and attacked Jocelyn Cedillo in September 2011.
Counselor Melanie Davis testified Wednesday that her sessions with Escalona indicate the 23-year-old mother loves her five children — and that she would benefit from more counseling.
Davis says Escalona has set herself goals to find a job and get her kids back.
Escalona might testify in her own defense. Escalona's mother testified Monday that her daughter is "not a monster" and that she deserves probation.