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A South Side father who allegedly posted a Facebook photo of his 22-month-old daughter bound and gagged was just joking around and the whole case has been “blown out of proportion” by the Internet, his attorney and family said today.

Andre Curry, 21 — who has no criminal background — was charged with aggravated domestic battery, a felony, after turning himself in to police on Tuesday.

A woman who answered the phone at the family home Wednesday and identified herself as Curry’s grandmother said he loves his daughter and would never do anything to harm her.

“He’s so playful, always laughing,” said the woman, who would not give her name. “Everyone who knows him saw the photo and laughed too…He was only joking.”

She also said he knows what he did was a mistake and “feels awful,” especially now that the photo has gone viral on the Internet.

The photo shows the toddler bound and gagged with blue painter’s tape. Across the top of the photo are the words: “This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back” and then a smiley face, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti.

Curry’s attorney, Anand Sundaran, said his client was just joking around and that the child was never harmed or in danger. “Unfortunately due to the Internet, this case has been blown out of proportion,” Sundaran said.

He asked the judge to release Curry on electronic monitoring, but she denied the request.

Instead, Judge Laura Sullivan set bond today at $100,000 and ordered Curry to have no contact with his daughter or any other children and barred him from using the Internet while his case was pending.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had already intervened and placed the girl with her mother and Curry was granted supervised visitation, he said.

Chicago police said they began investigating Dec. 14 after someone brought the photo to their attention. DCFS also said they were investigating the incident and that the agency had no prior contact with the family.

Curry, of the 6100 block of South Racine Avenue, works at an Applebee’s restaurant and graduated from Chicago Vocational High School in 2007, according to records. He appeared in court in a white hooded sweatshirt and dark pants and did not address the judge.

7 Comments to Proud Parents: In The News

  1. I’m sure this was a joke. Who would even do that. Sorry excuse of a joke. Pathetic.

  2. stefxo on November 7th, 2012
  3. What an IDIOT.

  4. Mihalinka on November 7th, 2012
  5. If that was a joke it was disgusting one!

  6. Kate on November 7th, 2012
  7. 6 feet of rope around his neck

    ” Just Jokin’ “

  8. Joey BadaBing on November 8th, 2012
  9. oh well let the poor man go after all it was just a big joke and im sure the girl will not remember what happened. daddy just got his rocks off and she wasnt hurt…and he only feels awful NOW cause of the internet? well who was the hero who posted it drop kick? i vote we dish out the same punishment and see if he still thinks its funny and if no one has the balls give me a yell and ill volunteer to do it though mind you my foot my slip on the tape a few times while wrapping it around his body especially in the groin area who knows by the time im finished he might never father another innocent victim and im betting the ‘no criminal record’ is only because he aint been caught YET

  10. Jeannine on November 8th, 2012
  11. Yeah I’m sure shitstain up there is father of the year.

  12. blah on November 8th, 2012
  13. @JoeyBadaBing I agree!!! That’s what they should do to him.

  14. Rachel on November 9th, 2012

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