Man who bound daughter with tape indicted on felony charges

Andre Curry is facing child abuse charges after allegedly taking a photograph of his one-year-old daughter bound in duct tape and posting it on Facebook.
Andre Curry (left) and the picture he allegedly posted on Facebook of his daughter bound in tape
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(CBS) CHICAGO - A Chicago man who posted a photograph on Facebook of his 22-month-old daughter bound with painter's tape was indicted Monday on felony charges.

CBS Chicago reports the most serious charge 21-year-old Andre Curry faces is aggravated battery, which carries a sentence of 7 years.

Curry's pastor says the father posted the picture as a joke and did not hurt the girl. His attorney said the incident had been "blown out of proportion."

FOX News reports prosecutors said Curry decided to tie up his daughter after he witnessed her playing with the tape on Dec. 13.

Curry put the tape over her mouth and bound her wrists and ankles together. He then allegedly photographed her with his cell phone and put it up on a social networking site.

A caption of the image read, "This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back. ; )"

Chicago police investigated Curry the day after the photo was brought to their attention. He was arrested and ordered held on $100,000 bond on Dec. 21 and barred from contact with his daughter or any children.

Curry faces charges of aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint, Cook County State's Attorney's office spokesman Andy Conklin said.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 26.

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