CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKBN) – An Ohio mother pleaded guilty to ten felony charges accusing her of trafficking her daughter, who was 11 years old at the time, in exchange for heroin.
Investigators say April Corcoran, 32, of Pleasant Plain, trafficked her daughter to 42-year-old Shandell Willingham, of Cincinnati, in 2014. She is also accused of forcing the child to use heroin.
Following the investigation, Corcoran was charged in March of 2015. She pleaded guilty Thursday to four counts of trafficking in persons, four counts of complicity to rape, one count of endangering children and one count of corrupting another with drugs.
“The actions of this defendant are incomprehensible,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement. “This woman failed in her duty as a mother to protect her child on so many levels.”
Willingham was also charged last year, accused of sex crimes with the victim, some of which were videotaped. His case is pending and he is currently being held in an Indiana prison after being convicted in a separate case.
This is the first case in Hamilton County prosecution in state court for human trafficking.
Corcoran will be sentenced July 19 of this year.