Ohio Mother Allegedly Offered Daughter to Drug Dealer for Heroin

By McCarton Ackerman 03/25/15

April Corcoran tried to trade her 11-year-old daughter for sex in exchange for drugs.

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A monstrous mother from Ohio is looking at spending life in prison after being indicted on 27 felony counts, including allegedly trading her 11-year-old daughter for sex in exchange for heroin from her drug dealer.

April Corcoran, 30, reportedly gave her daughter to 41-year-old Shandell Willingham, who the indictment states also injected the girl with heroin and videotaped sex crimes against her. Authorities got involved after the girl told her stepmother what had happened when she went to live with her father at the end of the school year last June. Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said the girl is now living with them full-time and doing relatively well, but acknowledged that he didn’t “know how you could ever get past this.”

Corcoran’s charges include human trafficking and endangering children. Her parents acknowledged to reporters that she had a long-standing drug problem and insisted she was “a loving and attentive parent” before her addiction took over. Meanwhile, Willingham was also indicted on 26 felony counts, including rape and human trafficking, and also faces a potential life sentence. He had previous charges on his record including drug trafficking and drug possession.

Ohio has been dealing with a rise in heroin addiction and heroin-related deaths for several years. Approximately 5.8% of drug users in the state named heroin as their preferred drug in 2004, but that number rose to 12.5% in 2011. The number of overdose deaths from heroin has also increased dramatically, from 338 in 2010 to 426 in 2011.

Part of this rise in heroin has stemmed from a sharp increase in the cost of prescription painkillers. With many painkiller addicts no longer being able to afford their fix, they have turned to heroin because it’s a significantly cheaper high that can cost as little $5 per hit on the streets, while also lasting longer.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.