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Dad Bound Baby With Tape as a 'Joke' But May Get Some Serious Time

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Dad Bound Baby With Tape as a 'Joke' But May Get Some Serious Time

Posted by Jeanne Sager on November 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Andre CurryA judge sent a strong message to parents who think it's OK to abuse their kids in the name of joking around this week. Andre Curry, the dad who wrapped his 1-year-old daughter in painter's tape last year, then posted photos of her to Facebook, has been convicted of domestic battery. His "joke" could cost him as much as seven years in an Illinois prison.

Is that too much for a joke? I don't think so. At least not when the joke isn't very funny.

In addition to the photos, Curry posted a comment on the social media site stating, "This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back." Fortunately someone didn't think it was as funny as he did, because he was reported to the authorities. They found that some of the blue adhesive tape -- which was placed on the girl's mouth, ankles, and hands -- obstructed her nose.

Curry's sister says the little girl was laughing the whole time. Maybe it's true. But does that make it OK to put a child's life in danger? Does it excuse the fact that this father used his little girl as a prop in a dangerous game?

Allow me to take you back to kindergarten for a moment, where we all learned that people are not things. People are, well, they're people. They have feelings, retain memories. They aren't easily "fixed" when damaged.

I think this Dad got lucky here. His little girl survived what could have been seriously dangerous. Imagine if she'd stopped breathing because of that obstruction?

Andre could get something as simple as probation or the seven years in prison. What do you think is appropriate here?

by on Nov. 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM
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stormystar15
by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM


Quoting Kazoo22:

Definitely parents classes, supervised visits, probation etc, but I don't think putting him in prison is the answer. If he really wasn't trying to harm her and he's just an idiot, then what good will it do to put him in prison for seven years. That's seven years his daughter won't have her dad around and considering that at least he wants to be around her I say he's got at least one thing going for him. He should without a doubt take parenting classes and should be supervised with her until it is deemed that he is a responsibile adult. But prision? Really? That's tax payer money paying for this. This is exactly the kind of situation that is eating up tax payer money. He hasn't committed a serious offense or murder. Yes if he had killed her than I would agree he should go to prison (involuntary manslaughter) but he didn't. So I say classes and supervision should be enforced, but not prison. 

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purfectkitty
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

7yrs he could have killed his child

Mommynay2
by Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM
The tape obstructed her nose.


Quoting Emilytrademark:

 Who are we to say that the child is better off without her father? All we know about is this isolated incident which, while in poor taste, was not abuse.


Quoting Mommynay2:

With a father like that she is better off without one. I am a single mother and it is hard but I would rather do it alone than share custody with their father who isn't safe. Maybe he was joking around, but he still who knows what his joking around could do next. And his sister was around, I hope she doesn't have children because if she thinks it is acceptable than she shouldn't be a parent either.

 


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Emilytrademark
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 8:09 AM

I do not think that it did.

Quoting Mommynay2:

The tape obstructed her nose.


Quoting Emilytrademark:

 Who are we to say that the child is better off without her father? All we know about is this isolated incident which, while in poor taste, was not abuse.


Quoting Mommynay2:

With a father like that she is better off without one. I am a single mother and it is hard but I would rather do it alone than share custody with their father who isn't safe. Maybe he was joking around, but he still who knows what his joking around could do next. And his sister was around, I hope she doesn't have children because if she thinks it is acceptable than she shouldn't be a parent either.

 



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DixieFlower
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 9:05 PM
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I agree here. I think the intent here needs to be considered. Was it stupid? Absolutely! Was he trying to harm his daughter? I don't think so. This wasn't a case of "She was screaming and getting on my nerves so I put her in painter's tape"

Quoting MichelleMc:

My issue is, Child molesters get less most of the time! People that really abuse their children get less half the time. yes it was poor judgement but my gosh people. Yes, it was stupid, yes it was poor judgement. But as was said, the child was laughing the whole time, and she could breathe. He needs parenting class, yes he needs to learn. But My gosh. I am glad everyone here is so perfect. If it was a women, I highly doubt everyone would be so hateful.


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