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Mother and Dealer Indicted for Trafficking 11-year-old for Heroin


 An Ohio grand jury indicted a mother and her dealer on Monday for the trafficking an 11-year-old girl in exchange for drugs.
“April Corcoran trafficked her 11-year-old-daughter to a drug dealer in exchange for heroin,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters told WCPO-TV.

Corcoran, 30, of Pleasant Plain, Ohio was indicted on 27 felony counts that included complicity, corrupting another with drugs, endangering children and trafficking in persons.

She is also accused of giving her daughter heroin.

Shandell Willingham, 41, identified by Deters’ as the mother’s dealer, was indicted on 26 felony counts. He is accused of performing sex acts with the girl and having videotaped some of those incidents.

Both face the possibility of life in prison if convicted and sentenced on all counts, Deters said.

WCPO-TV reported Cincinnati police and prosecutors learned of the situation when the young victim told her father and stepmother what was happening in June of last year, Deters’ office said.

The 11-year-old said her mother began giving her Willingham on Feb. 15 and continued to do so through June 6.

“As a parent, it is hard to imagine how you could use your child to satisfy your drug addiction,” Deters said. “Even after all my years as a prosecutor, I continue to be amazed at how badly parents treat their children. What this little girl endured is unimaginable and I can only hope that mom and drug dealer’s prosecution, the love and support of her family, and intense counseling will help this child regain some trust in the world. This case is Exhibit A for how devastating heroin is to our communities.”

The girl continues to live with her father. and stepmother.

Deters said his office pursued prosecution of the pair with the Ohio Attorney General’s heroin task force.

“This is about as bad as anything I’ve ever seen,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “This situation is sad beyond measure.”

Corcoran remains in the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $50,000 bond.

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