Bounding A Baby With Duct Tape: Reason #4080 Why Humans Should Be Licensed Before Procreating

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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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.

18 Comments

  1. I especially don’t find this funny or appropriate play. A few years ago, there was a little boy that was duct taped and left in a closet for a few days while the rest of the foster family attended a family reunion. From how it was described on the news, he was bound. Exactly. Like. That. And this incident didn’t just affect that household; the county who oversaw the placement of the children are now not letting potential foster parents have children if they share certain demographics with members of that family, at a time when they don’t have enough quality foster parents to begin with. People need to realize that their actions often influence more than their own circumstances.

  2. Umm WHAT?!!!! I also have no words

  3. And… how excatly is this humorous? #SpeechlessandSaddened

  4. I literally gasped when I saw that photo on your post! My daughter is also a year old and I can’t imagine EVER doing anything like that to her. What the hell was he thinking?!?

  5. Un-F***ING believable.

  6. Disgusting. Makes me want to puke. Is that another child on the bed behind the bound baby?

  7. As I think about on how hard it was for me to conceive and so many others that I know – it makes me sick to my stomach to see how ruthless people are about the responsibilities of being a parent. This is disgusting.

  8. Poor, poor baby. My heart breaks for her.

  9. Francella Perryman

    Ummm…”Gulp”…..Say what?

  10. I HAVE TWO WORDS- SNIP! SNIP!

  11. Truly a sad situation. Now the laugh is on his dumb a$$.

  12. I play with my baby, but fortunately I can find things that are NOT duck tape as toys. Stupid to do it and even stupider to put it on facebook.

  13. Educate, educate, educate. Can we get enough parenting education? I am always sorry to hear about people violating children’s trust. It’s sad.

  14. Education is the key and we as Black American better get it together and why do people put everything on facebook and why did he do that to a baby she what happen when you young folks what to play house so young, grow up and get educated.

  15. That is so so uncalled for !

  16. A Mother's Love

    I hear Andre on the radio this morning. Who has not made a stupid mistake? It is unfair for us to sit in the court of public opinion and judge him like this. I am not condoning his behavior, however we have to understand what has happened here. He should not have done this and then put it on the Internet. Yes she is a child, and his child at that. Yet get the story straight. Not to mention, knowing this a parent myself, it would have been a knock down drag out fight between me and the the father of my beautiful baby.

    However, let’s get the facts straight.
    1. It was painter’s tape, not duct tape.
    2. Andre Curry has admitted that he made a dear mistake and truly loves his child. There is no such thing as a perfect parent, which is why parents should take their job seriously from day one. Be careful (1) who you have children with, (2) keep your children first and (3) love and discipline them accordingly. I will continue to pray for him to get it together because even though he did something foolish, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love his child any less than anyone else and it wasn’t to the degree of harm to his child. I am hoping that he see this as a lesson learned and will do whatever he can to make an enriching life for his child.

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