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A Chicago father who allegedly posted a photo of his daughter bound with duct tape on Facebook is "devastated" by the charges against him -- and those who know the young father reportedly said the whole thing was a joke.
Andre Curry, 21, was ordered held on $100,000 bail Wednesday after a photo of his daughter with blue tape on her hands, legs and mouth surfaced on Facebook early this week. Curry was charged with aggravated domestic battery, and the Department of Children and Family Services has launched an investigation.
Police told the Associated Press that Curry posted the photograph on his Facebook page with the words, "This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back."
Despite the disturbing nature of the photo, Curry's lawyer told CNN Thursday that his client will be vindicated:
"It's our belief that after the investigation by the state and DCFS (the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services) is concluded, Andre Curry will be vindicated," said assistant public defender Anand Sundaram.
Curry has no history of child abuse and the girl has not shown injuries, Sundaram said, adding that the family is cooperating in the investigation.
Sundaram also told CNN that the whole incident has been blown out of proportion, and that his client is "devastated" by the attention it is receiving.
NBC Chicago spoke with a woman at the Curry residence Wednesday, and she said he is just a young father who made a mistake.
"It was all a joke. They were all here playing, It was a joke," the woman told NBC. "He's a young father. He made a mistake and put it on Facebook."