Man charged after Facebook photo of girl bound in tape
BY VICTORIA JOHNSON AND TINA SFONDELES Staff Reporters December 20, 2011 2:06PM
Andre Curry's booking photo when he was arrested in December 2011 on aggravated domestic battery charges for posting a photo on Facebook of his daughter bound in tape.
Updated: January 22, 2012 8:12AM
A 21-year-old man was charged Tuesday with aggravated domestic battery after he posted a photo of his one-year-old daughter bound in duct tape on Facebook.
Andre Curry, 21, of the 6100 block of South Racine Avenue was charged with aggravated domestic battery, according to a police News Affairs release.
The photo, published by thesmokinggun.com and other websites, shows a girl with what appears to be blue tape over her mouth; her wrists and ankles are also bound with tape. The picture was posted under Curry’s profile.
According to smokinggun.com, the man wrote on his Facebook page, “This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back. ; ).” under the photo.
The picture has since been removed but several Facebook friends posted comments about the photo. In one, a woman calls the man a “nasty dirty child abuser.” In another, a woman claims she called DCFS and pointed them in the direction of his profile.
It’s unclear whether the man removed the photo on his own or whether a user reported it as abuse. A Facebook post about its website security says content that is “hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence” is not allowed on the site.
Chicago police have been investigating the incident since being notified of the photo on Dec. 14, spokesman Michael Sullivan said.
DCFS spokesman Jimmie Whitelow confirmed the agency is also investigating allegations of abuse in the case. DCFS has had no prior contact with the family, he said.
Curry is expected Wednesday in bond court.