Ohio woman who traded daughter for heroin gets 51 years to life

Posted at 11:12 PM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 23:12:11-04

April Corcoran, 32, was sentenced to 51 years to life for trading her child for heroin; 42-year-old Shandell Willingham’s case is currently pending. (Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office/Dearborn County Sheriff)

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio – A judge sentenced an Ohio woman to 51 years in prison Tuesday for trading her daughter for drugs.

April Corcoran, 32, was sentenced by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Leslie Ghiz and is now a Tier III sex offender, according to an announcement by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters.

Corcoran was indicted back in March of 2015 after an investigation revealed that she had trafficked her 11-year-old daughter to 42-year-old Shandell Willingham in exchange for heroin.

It was also revealed that the child was forced to use heroin.

Corcoran pleaded guilty to trafficking in persons, complicity (rape), endangering children, and corrupting another with drugs.

“Many people mistakenly think that human trafficking only happens in foreign countries, but this case shows that children are trafficked here in Ohio, and, sadly, some are trafficked by the very people who should be protecting them,” said Attorney General DeWine. “Human trafficking is a reprehensible crime, and law enforcement throughout the state is focused on holding traffickers accountable and helping victims escape servitude.”