CHICAGO (STMW) — A young father who bound his daughter in painter’s tape and then posted a picture of her on Facebook was found guilty Thursday of battery charges.
After a brief bench trial last week, Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood cleared Andre Curry of unlawful restraint.
But on Thursday the judge said prosecutors proved that the child was restrained with tape, obstructing her nose, which falls under the legal definition of domestic battery, the Sun-Times is reporting.
Curry was convicted of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery. He faces up to 7 years in prison when he is sentenced later this month, but could receive probation.
Curry’s attorney, Sam Adam Jr., said his client meant no harm when he put the blue adhesive tape on his toddler’s mouth, ankles and hands at his sister’s South Side apartment last year.
Curry’s sister said her niece was laughing when her father playfully taped her.
But the judge admonished Curry for using the child as a “prop or a toy” in an attempt to express humor.
Curry is currently living in Minnesota and is free on bond.
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