A Texas mother who grew frustrated with her 2-year-old daughter's slow progress in potty training could face life in prison this week for gluing the girl's hands to a wall and beating her, leaving her in a coma.
Elizabeth Escalona, 23, pleaded guilty in July to injury to a child for the 2011 incident in which she was accused of kicking the girl in the stomach, hitting her and gluing her hands to a wall, according to ABC News affiliate WFAA.
The girl was in a coma for two days and in the hospital for a week. Dr. Amy Barton, a former pediatrician who treated the girl, testified at the sentencing hearing today.
"This was one of the most shocking cases I have ever seen," she said, crying, according to WFAA.
The prosecution showed photos of the injured girl and the "extensive" bruising to her body.
"I have no comment and only God can judge me. That's all I got to say," Escalona said in July, after entering her plea.
Escalona was expected to receive her sentence today, but the judge recessed the case until Tuesday without ruling on a sentence, WFAA reported.
Escalona could be sentenced to life in prison, but is also eligible for deferred adjudication, in which she will not have a criminal conviction, according to the Associated Press.
The girl and the woman's other children have been placed with a relative and are in the care of Child Protective Services.