A father accused of posting a photo of his daughter bound in painter's tape to Facebook walked out of the Cook County Jail Friday night, hours after a judge significantly reduced his bond.
Andre Curry didn't make any comments. He talked quietly and walked with an arm around his pastor, Torey Barrett, in the light drizzle to an awaiting vehicle.
Judge Lawrence Flood earlier in the day reduced Curry's bond to $30,000 from the original $100,000 set last month after conferring with the Department of Children and Family Services. Curry has pleaded not guilty to aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint charges.
Defense attorney Zachary Taylor said he was pleased with the reduction and called the case a cautionary tale of social media and not an example of bad parenting.
"Before this I would have just been a mother who's saying her son is not guilty. I want information to stand behind what I say. The world didn't owe us anything. My son and I and my family owed the world to prove that he didn't do anything to harm this child, she was never hurt, never in danger. He just made a mistake," Curry's mother, Brandi Phillips, said outside the courtroom.
While Flood reduced the bond, he reinforced that restrictions on Curry remain in place: he's not to have any contact with his daughter or any child under the age of 18 years. Additionally, Curry is to not have any contact with the Yesmin Doss, the mother of his daughter.
Curry had been in jail since last month when a photo appeared on his Facebook page showing his 1-year-old little girl with blue tape around her wrists and over her mouth. A caption with the photo read, "This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back."
The girl's mother told NBC Chicago the photo was meant as a lighthearted joke.
"It's just not what it's supposed to be," Doss said through tears this week. "He's been called a monster and stuff and Dre's just a great guy. He's just a great, a great father."
Doss said she and Curry were together for five years and called him a very attentive dad who loves to spoil his little girl.
Curry's next court date is scheduled for March 20.