An Ohio mother who allowed her 11-year-old daughter to be raped and sodomized in exchange for heroin has been sentenced to 51 years-to-life in prison by a judge who vowed to show no mercy.
April Corcoran, with her hands cuffed behind her, wept in Hamilton county Common Pleas Court Wednesday as she was ordered to spend the rest of her days behind bars.
“You showed no kind of mercy,” said Judge Leslie Ghiz, who said she would bestow “the kind of mercy you showed to your child, which was none, none,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Prosecutors said Corcoran took elaborate measures to make her daughter look even younger to please her drug dealer, who liked young girls.
The alleged dealer, Shandell Willingham, 42, faces the same charges as Corcoran and was recently convicted on unrelated drug and child pornography charges in Indiana, the paper reported.
Willingham is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 10.
The mother pleaded guilty last month to multiple counts including human trafficking, child endangerment and complicity to rape.
Corcoran admitted to giving the child heroin as a reward after being sexually assaulted. The drug made her vomit.
The mother read a statement in court, saying “I made selfish, horrible choices that will (the girl) for the rest of her life. I am consumed by guilt and shame every day.”
The child was raped, sodomized and forced to perform oral sex while being videotaped by Willingham in his home, prosecutors and police said.
The crimes occurred from February to June of 2014.
Her grandmother rose in the courtroom and spoke directly to the child’s mother, saying she had seen the videotapes.
“I saw my granddaughter. I heard her small voice. It was horrific. How could (Corcoran) do this? I don’t know if my granddaughter is going to be able to have a normal life.”
The child is now 13 and lives with her father and stepmother outside Ohio.
Ghiz said she was not able to read the court case in one sitting.
“I can honestly say that, in three-and-a-half years on the bench, this is by far the worst thing that has come before this court,” the judge said.
“I don’t know that you grasp the damage that has been done to this poor child,” she told the child’s mother.
The girl is under medical care, is on medication and contemplates suicide, the judge noted.