Ohio woman who traded sex with 11-year-old for drugs gets prison

CINCINNATI, OH (AP) – A Cincinnati woman who admitted giving an 11-year-old child to her drug dealer for sex in exchange for heroin will spend at least 51 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old April Corcoran was sentenced Tuesday in Cincinnati after pleading guilty last month to charges including trafficking in persons, complicity to rape and endangering children. She was sentenced to life with a chance for parole after 51 years.

Prosecutors say she gave the child to 42-year-old Shandell Willingham in exchange for heroin in 2014. Willingham is accused of sex crimes against the victim, some of which he allegedly videotaped. He has pleaded not guilty, and his trial is pending.

She is also accused of forcing the child to use heroin.

“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.”

Corcoran also was accused of making the child take heroin.

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