NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press
DALLAS (AP) - A young mother of five facing prison time for beating her 2-year-old daughter and gluing the toddler's hands to a wall has admitted to using drugs and alcohol while out on bond after her arrest.
Elizabeth Escalona made the admissions under cross-examination in her sentencing hearing Thursday. The 23-year-old faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty in July to injury to a child. Prosecutors are seeking a 45-year sentence.
Escalona also testified that she lied to doctors and other experts assigned to her case, but told a prosecutor that she was "not a liar."
A day earlier, Escalona pleaded for leniency, saying she would never forgive herself what she did to her daughter. Police say the girl, Jocelyn Cedillo, sustained multiple injuries in the attack last year.
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