“This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back,” says the caption, as CBS News reporters write. In the blurred image, you can see a toddler (she is one year old) bound in blue painter’s tape – her wrists, her ankles, her mouth.
21-year-old Andre Curry’s Facebook friends were quick to report him to the authorities, as well as write comments like “nasty dirty child abuser.” Curry has apparently removed the photo from Facebook. Nonetheless, he has been charged with domestic abuse.
In Maryland, the law of domestic violence is quite broad, and can include everything from an argument between a husband and wife (or boyfriend and girlfriend) to child abuse perpetrated by a father or mother (or even sibling) against a son or daughter, brother or sister.
In other words, any relationship that involves violence where people live under one roof, are related by blood, or had a significant prior romantic relationship, can result in domestic abuse charges.
Accused of domestica abuse, contact a Maryland criminal lawyer before you talk to police or anyone else.
Source: CBS News, “Child abuse charges for man who allegedly bound toddler with tape, posted photos to Facebook,” 12/21/11