Closings set in glued toddler's mom's trial

By the Associated Press | October 12, 2012 | 3:34 AM EDT

Elizabeth Escalona, 23, sits in a courtroom to be sentenced, in Dallas, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. Escalona pleaded guilty on July 12, 2012, to injury to a child and is facing up to life in prison. A doctor has testified that the Texas mother glued her 2-year-old daughter's hands to a wall and beat the toddler so badly that she suffered significant brain trauma and bleeding inside her skull. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (AP) — Closing arguments are set for Friday in the sentencing trial of a Dallas woman who admitted to beating her toddler and gluing her hands to a wall.

Prosecutors want a 45-year prison sentence for Elizabeth Escalona, who pleaded guilty in July to felony injury of a child. Defense attorneys are pleading for a lenient sentence, perhaps probation.

State District Judge Larry Mitchell will decide Escalona's sentence.

Police say Escalona kicked 2-year-old Jocelyn Cedillo (seh-DEE'-yoh) in the stomach, beat her with a milk jug, then stuck her hands to an apartment wall with an adhesive commonly known as Super Glue.

Jocelyn suffered bleeding in her brain, a fractured rib, bruises and bite marks, and was comatose for two days.