Dad accused of binding girl with tape out of jail

January 29, 2012 7:28:38 AM PST
After being released from jail late Friday night, Andre Curry said he feels like he is ''getting a new start on life.''

The 21-year-old father posted a photo of his then 22-month-old child bound with blue tape at her hands, feet and mouth on facebook. The photo gained attention on national websites and led to charges of aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint. The 21-year-old Curry pleaded not guilty.

After several weeks in jail, on Thursday a judge lowered Curry's bond to $30,000 and his family was able to post ten-percent of that for his release.

""It feels good, like I am getting a new start on life," Curry said.

"I'm glad he's coming home. It was a mistake, no malicious intent. Enough is enough. He's learned his lesson. He's gonna think before he does anything," Brandi Phillips, Curry's mother, said.

Curry's pastor said the young father is getting counseling.

"Parenting counseling, all young men make mistakes. We think for Andre, classes from other mentors, and he can learn how to mentor other people," Pastor Torrey Barrett said.

Curry is not allowed to see his daughter, use the internet or have contact with other minors as he awaits trial. His lawyer, Zachary Hamilton, said Curry is a good person who provides for his daughter, but knows he made a big mistake.

"He's a real good guy, shouldn't, he doesn't deserve to be in jail, certainly doesn't deserve to be in jail for a child crime," Hamilton said.

He shares custody with his daughter's mother, Yesmin Doss, who said it's hard knowing her daughter can't see her father.