Really, I have no words for this, except to say that this child’s father, 21-year-old Andre Curry, is due in court today to answer to a charge of aggravated domestic battery after this photo of his 1-year-old daughter was posted on his Facebook profile. As you can see, the baby’s legs and arms are bound with duct tape and, for good measure, a strip of tape is stretched all the way across her little face; the Facebook caption accompanying the photo read, “This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back ;).”
The picture, spotted way back in July, came to the attention of the Chicago Police Department earlier this month after it showed up on The Smoking Gun and The Dirty and began making the internet rounds. The city’s Department of Children and Family Services also is investigating Curry, who’s come under intense scrutiny by even his Facebook friends, who, according to the Daily Mail, took to his page to call him a “nasty child abuser.” The photo has since been removed from Curry’s page, but at least one friend, one Je’Vanna Cobbins, is coming to Curry’s defense. She told The Smoking Gun that Curry was “being playful with his child. People play with their child differently.”
Long. Blank. Stare.
So bounding and gagging a 1-year-old with duct tape, taking a picture of it, and posting it on Facebook with a message that makes clear the baby was taped up like a hostage because she hit him (after he, presumably, hit her) is “playing”? Like I said, I have no words.
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