An Ohio mom accused of providing her 11-year-old daughter to a drug dealer for sex in exchange for heroin pleaded not guilty today.
April Corcoran, 30, was indicted Monday on 27 felony counts, including complicity in rape, complicity in gross sexual imposition, endangering children, and human trafficking, Cincinnati.com reports.
Authorities told the website that Corcoran allegedly injected heroin into her daughter.
Corcoran pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday. Her bail was set at $5 million, according to the Associated Press.
Prosecutors said the alleged crimes took place between Feb. 15 and June 6 of last year. Corcoran, of Pleasant Plain, would drop off her daughter at the home of accused drug dealer Shandell Willingham, 41, and pick up the girl later.
Willingham was indicted on 26 felony accounts, including rape, human trafficking and for allegedly videotaping the sex crimes against the victim, according to USA Today.
Authorities learned about the alleged crimes last June when the child told her father and stepmother about it. The girl is now in their custody, according to WCPO TV.
Both Corcoran and Willingham could face life sentences if convicted, according to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. He told Fox19.com the case is "exhibit A for how devastating heroin is to our communities."
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told the station the situation was "sad beyond measure."
"Instead of protecting her daughter, the mother saw her as a way to get drugs because the lure of heroin was apparently too strong," he said.
March 26, 2015