A 21-year-old Chicago man was being held Wednesday on $100,000 bond on charges of aggravated domestic battery after a photo of his daughter bound by painters tape was posted to his Facebook profile.
But those who know Andre Curry and his daughter said the entire situation is a misunderstanding.
A woman at Curry's mother's home on Racine Avenue, where the photo was taken, said it was all for fun.
"It was all a joke. They were all here playing, It was a joke," the woman said. "He's a young father. He made a mistake and put it on Facebook."
The photo, carrying a caption that read, "This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back," sparked an investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services.
After Curry's bond hearing Wednesday, his attorney said his client admitted to taping the photographing the girl, but said it was a joke.
Anard Sundarum said the case has been blown out of proportion because of the Internet.
Curry has been ordered to stay off the Internet and away from his 22-month-old daughter and all children under the age of 18.
The 2007 CVS High School graduate works at Applebee's and has no prior record.