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Insisting that it really was just fun and games, Andre Curry allegedly says he “feels awful” regarding the photo of his 22-month old being bound by tape that he posted on Facebook. The 21-year old Chicagoan faces up to 7 years after being charged with felony aggravated battery. The Chicago Tribune reports that Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan ordered Curry be held on $100,000 bail and ruled against any contact with the toddler, other children and the use of the internet while the charges remain pending.

A woman who identified herself only as Curry’s grandmother said via phone, “He’s so playful, always laughing… Everyone who knows him saw the photo and laughed, too … He was only joking.” She said he “feels awful,” after realizing his error in judgment, and even worse once the picture went viral. The young father explained to Chicago police that he was playing with the toddler when he bound her wrists and arms together, and placed tape across her mouth. His attorney, Anand Sundaram, reiterates his story, saying the girl was never harmed or at risk of danger.

Regardless, Sundaram says the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS) had removed the child from Curry’s home, placed her in her mother’s care and granted Curry supervised visitation. He notes that Andre Curry has no criminal background, and DCFS had no contact with him prior to this recent fiasco. Curry was a 2007 graduate of Chicago Vocational Career Academy who currently works at an Applebee’s, the Chicago Tribune reports. “Unfortunately due to the Internet, this case has been blown out of proportion,” said Sundaram, who was unable to have the South Side native released on electronic monitoring.

Clutch, in your opinion, does the potential punishment fit the crime? Was slapping Andre Curry with charges carrying up to 7 years worth of jail time an appropriate response to his actions, or is it overkill, as his attorney suggests?

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  • Laina

    On another site, the little girls face with not blurred out. When I saw her face, I wanted to cry. I did not see a happy face, like I know this is a joke Daddy. I don’t get the comments in the article about how it was a joke. I mean, how could you actually think something like this was funny? Where is the joke? I know at that age you make bad decisions but I do not get taping your own child like. And then, don’t forget the pain of pulling the tape off the little girl’s face. I agree, seven years in jail is too much. How about starting with Parenting 101. And to those in article that didn’t think it was a big thing, I have duct tape and we can test that theory.

  • Jonathan

    People need to be careful what they do. I didnt think that was funny at all. An any one who thaught that was a joke, what are yall teaching yall kids. I think he should be evaluated to see if he is that dumb or if this is a case of abuse. Either way he needs to be taught a lesson since his parents obviously didnt whoop his behind when he was small!!!!

  • Jonathan

    But another Truth, if he do get 7 years. Then its alot of other people who need time additions, cause in La. they give that kind of time to rapist, yes just 7yrs. to a whole pedifile. The Laws are all messed up. Yes he should be held accountable, but seven years away from your child is excruciating, if he is a good father, ya know!!!!

  • AL

    The child is probably much more traumatized by being removed from her home and father than the picture. Now the DA wants to remove her dad from her life for 7 years. The child, father, and society would be much better served by having him take some parenting classes and supervise their progress as a family for a while. What he did was indeed stupid and poor parenting at its worst, but not criminal warranting 7 years behind bars. Every parent makes mistakes along the way. Yes this was a doozy, but it is better for the child if he is allowed to learn from this one and be better for it in the end.