An Ohio woman has been sentenced to 51-to-life for trading her 11-year-old daughter’s body to her drug dealer, as needed, in exchange for heroin.
30-year-old April Corcoran was convicted on 27 various felonies, including trafficking in persons, complicity to rape, corrupting another with drugs, and endangering the welfare of a child.
She pleaded guilty June 9th for the horrific crimes she’d committed along with her drug dealer and co-defendant, 42-year-old Shandell Willingham (below) back in March of 2015.
He’s charged with 26 felonies, including rape, gross sexual imposition, trafficking in persons, and pandering sexually oriented materials involving a minor. He’d allegedly videotaped the vile sex acts in his residence.
The prosecutor, Katherine Pridemore, says the crimes the duo committed were so heinous, that she had trouble even reading some of the facts of the case in court.
â€œShe didnâ€™t have the cash or the means to buy her heroin anymore from her drug dealer, so she offered up her child,â€ she said in a press conference. “We all know drugs make you do things but at the same time, to offer up your child and you are the mother, it’s unfathomable.â€
James Bogan, Ms. Corcoranâ€™s attorney, said prosecutorâ€™s had offered his client a plea-deal, which they rejected.
“My client does wish to take responsibility for her actions,” Bogan told reporters. “She does not wish to have her daughter go through further trauma by having to testify at trial. She knows that a sentence that amounts to life in prison is a very realistic possibility.”
The crimes the pair committed have even drawn the attention of cops, politicians, and other elected officials across the state, who’ve seen a steep rise in heroin-related crimes in recent years.
â€œThe reason weâ€™re highlighting this today is because of the scourge that heroin has caused in our community,â€ said Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph Deters.
According to Deters, just last year, 298 Hamilton County residents died of heroin overdoses.
Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine said that this case of human trafficking, the first Hamilton County has prosecuted in state court, was â€œjust about as bad as anything Iâ€™ve ever seen.â€
â€œHeroin destroys families,â€ he said. â€œHeroin causes people to care about nothing but feeding their habit.â€
The victim is now living with her father and stepmother.
“She is doing as well as could be expected,â€ Pridemore said. â€œBut when youâ€™re that old and these atrocities have happened to you, I think sheâ€™ll always carry that with her.â€
Mr. Willingham is due in court on August 10th.