In one corner stands Elizabeth Escalona,a woman from Texas who is also referred to as the monster mom. In the other corner stands Gina Linquist from Reno, NV. Both were accused of crimes against children. Two women, two crimes; does the punishment fit the crime?
Escalona, 23, was convicted of horrendous crimes against her daughter including gluing her daughter’s hands to the wall.
Her toddler Jocelyn Cedillo, was in a coma for two days. She also suffered bleeding in her brain, a fractured rib, multiple bruises, bite marks and most disturbingly, some of the skin came off her hands from the area where has skin was super glued to the wall.
The 23 year old Escalona, is by all accounts a monster mom who unbelievably is the parent of five children.
Her family rallied to her defense and her mother Ofelia Escalona, said that her daughter was abused and that she felt guilty for standing by and not doing anything about it.
The grandmother who stood idly by while her own daughter suffered abuse is now the caretaker for monster mom’s 5 kids.
Prosecutors asked for a term of 45 years for the monster mom as family members begged for leniency.
In the end, the judge sentenced the monster mom to 99 years in prison for the horrific abuse that she perpetuated against her very own child. She will be eligible for parole in 30 years.
While Jocelyn Cedillo, will likely suffer emotional, and perhaps physical, scars for the rest of her life, she did survive.
Gina Lindquist from Reno, Nevada accidentally killed a child that she was babysitting through her careless actions.
Lindquist a known heroin addict, was the babysitter for four-year-old Sammy Sharber of Reno.
Sammy’s mother, Angela Huntington obviously knew that the babysitter that her son loved so much was a heroin addict who was taking methadone because after her son’s death she told the Reno Gazette,
I blame her for my son’s death. She repeatedly told me she locked up her methadone. But this one time, she didn’t.
Sammy’s death occurred when babysitter Gina Lindquist failed to lock up her prescription methadone while she slept and Sammy got into it.
Little Sammy died the next day, January 25, 2009 from methadone poisoning.
Both Huntington and Lindquist lived at the Vacation Motor Lodge in Reno, where Huntington worked as a motel manager and, according to the Reno Gazette, befriended Lindquist. Although it is a tragedy that little Sammy died at the hands of his babysitter, doesn’t the mother have some culpability and responsibility?
She was the one that knowingly left her son in the care of a known heroin addict, yet Huntington and her mother are placing 100% of the blame on Lindquist.
Lindquist has been extremely remorseful and received a prison sentence of to 7 1/2 years in prison.
Remorseful or not, Lindquist’s actions caused a child’s death.
Escalona, on the other hand, receive 99 years in prison and her child did not die.
Two women, two crimes; does the punishment fit the crime?