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This man probably won’t be getting any parent of the year awards anytime soon. A man in Chicago was found not guilty after being charged with unlawful restraint. The verdict came after Andre Curry posted pictures of his young daughter on Facebook with duct tape on her mouth and hands.
Cook County Circuit Judge Lawrence Flood is going to hand down another verdict this week on a second charge. The father said that he and his daughter were playing and that she was laughing at the time. Curry didn’t testify on his own behalf, but said that he wasn’t thinking when he took the picture. The 22-year old father faces serious prison time if convicted on any of the charges.
“This is wut [sic] happens wen my baby hits me back,” he said on Facebook.
Those who interviewed Curry said that the incident was meant to be a joke. Chicago police detective Charles Hollendoner said that he spoke with Curry twice after the incident took place.
“He said he was just playing with the child and didn’t mean any harm,” Hollendoner said. “He said the child was only taped up for a maximum of 30 seconds.”
The man’s sister, Annastasia Curry, said that she heard the two in the other room laughing and playing.
“She was laughing; he was laughing,” she said. “I saw him take the tape off, and I went back in the kitchen.”
The prosecution said that the duct tape obstructed the child’s breathing and have asked the judge to convict Curry for domestic violence. His attorneys say that it was all meant to be a joke. The prosecutors were not able to present evidence that the girl was injured, and at the very least, he appears to need classes on good parenting.