Judge Partially Acquits Father Who Duct-Taped Daughter, Posted Photo on Facebook

Father claims incident was a joke

A judge on Tuesday acquitted a Chicago man accused of binding his 22-month-old daughter with tape and posting a photo of her on Facebook of one charge and has delayed his decision on a second charge.

After a bench trial, Cook County Circuit Judge Lawrence Flood acquitted Andre Curry of unlawful restraint.

Flood later said he wanted more time to study domestic battery laws before issuing the second verdict on Nov. 8.

Curry contends he and his daughter were playing on Dec. 13 and that he took the photo without thinking.

The posting on Facebook showed the girl's wrists, ankles and mouth bound with tape and a note that read, "This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back," and a smiley face.

The Department of Children and Family Services had no prior contact with the family before the December 2011 incident.

Curry was jailed until he posted $100,000 bond and ordered to stay off the Internet and away from all children under the age of 18, including his daughter.

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