Dad who taped up daughter, posted photo gets probation - FOX 35 News Orlando

Dad who posted photo of taped-up daughter to Facebook gets probation

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Andre Curry, the father convicted of taping up his daughter and posting a photo of it on Facebook, was sentenced to 18 months of probation Friday.

Curry, who is 22, calls himself a big kid who still makes some knucklehead decisions.

"It was a silly mistake but at the same time, I wouldn't change it if I could," Curry says.

Andre Curry says this is a moment he'll remember for the rest of his life---not because posting the picture landed him in jail for 40 days, but because it was daddy daughter playtime that he still cherishes.

"The moment was a loving and fun experience for my daughter," Curry said. "It would've been a difference if it would've been a video instead of a picture cuz you could've seen the expressions and the dialogue and everything going on the picture was a caption of one moment."

Curry says his 2-year-old daughter was laughing thru the duct tape and it was Curry who posted the picture on face book last year with the caption: "this is what happens when my baby hits me back."

Curry got slammed with comments, calling him a bad father, saying he doesn't deserve to be a dad, and people asking "how could you?" and "why?"

One of his Facebook friends shared the photo with Chicago police and curry was arrested a month later and charged with felony aggravated domestic battery. He faced 7 years behind bars.

After spending the past year in and out of court and supervised visits with his daughter, charges against him were reduced. He didn't receive jail time but he'll spend 18 months on probation.

Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood said he didn't think prison time was appropriate in the case and based the sentence on the fact that Curry had no criminal background.

But that didn't keep Flood from scolding Curry.

"In your rush to show everyone how funny you were, you used a helpless 22-month-old child as a prop," Flood said.

In court, Curry had his mother and mentor at his side.

"He said, ‘hey I made a mistake' and the charges I found this young man guilty of and he overturned those and found him guilty of a lesser charge which is a misdemeanor which now gives Andre a future," Pastor Torrey Barrett explains.

In addition to probation, Andre Curry will be subjected to random drug tests and he'll have to take some parenting classes. He has a job now working as a counselor at a center in Englewood.


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