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Man slaps crying baby, utters racial slur on Delta flight

Posted by on Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM
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Man slaps crying baby, utters racial slur on Delta flight

(CNN) — An Idaho man has been charged with assaulting a minor after he allegedly uttered a racial slur and slapped a 2-year-old boy who cried on a Delta plane as it began the final descent into Atlanta, court papers show.
Reached by phone Friday, Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, declined to comment to CNN and referred inquiries to his attorney. The attorney couldn’t be immediately reached for comment Friday.
Delta Air Lines is cooperating with the federal investigation into the altercation between two passengers, spokesman Paul Skrbec said. “We apologize for any inconvenience this caused for the passengers onboard,” he said.
       

The boy’s mother, Jessica Bennett, 33, of Minnesota told the FBI that she and her son were seated in row 28, seat B, on February 8 on Delta Flight 721 that originated in Minneapolis, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta this week.
The boy began crying because of the altitude change, and his mother tried to soothe him, court papers said.
Then Hundley, who was seated next to the mother and son, allegedly told her to “shut that (‘N word’) baby up,” according to court documents.
Hundley then turned around and slapped the 2-year-old in the face with an open hand, which caused the child to scream even louder, the affidavit said.
The boy suffered a scratch below his right eye, court papers said.
Other passengers on the plane assisted Bennett, and one of them heard the slur and witnessed the alleged assault, the affidavit said. The plane landed at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International.
The charge of simple assault on someone under age 16 carries a prison sentence of one year, court papers said.
In 2007, Hundley pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge filed in Virginia, according to court records.
CNN’s Marlena Baldacci, Dave Alsup and Carma Hassan contributed to this report.

http://wtvr.com/2013/02/16/man-slaps-crying-baby/

by on Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM
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KristenFowles
by Member on Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

 I've seen this a few times.

Ignorance will never die out.

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Wow, that is crazy!

lga1965
by on Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:28 PM
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 They would have to restrain me if I saw that happen. I would want to leap out of my seat and smack the guy...hard.

 He slaps the little boy and calls him the "N" word.....Evil man!

Can you imagine?

He's probably a member of a KKK chapter somewhere....Decent  people just don't do that! I fly a lot. Babies cry ,usually when the plane descends and pressure changes hurt their ears. But it doesn't mean you go babanas and hit the baby.It was also reported that he smelled of booze when he boarded the plane and had another drink during the flight. Drunk old fart.

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:32 PM
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I would have flown off the handle at him. That poor baby.

(Watch, there will be women in here that blame the mother for not quieting her child down....)

Sunshine2plus2
by Member on Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Wow

candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:43 PM
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Wow, slap a 2 year old and call him a racial slur.   This guy has problems.  Throw the book at him

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:43 PM
God knows I want to but it usually doesn't make them quiet down. Well, not unless you are willing to keep hitting them until silence comes.
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greenie63
by Silver Member on Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:47 PM
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There were witnesses, hopefully he will be prosecuted quickly. Touch my child and you've brought out the momma bear, I would have needed to be held back. 

I hope Delta denies him from ever flying on with them. This can be done in extreme cases.

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM
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I commend the mother for showing restraint where I would have not.

Quoting candlegal:

Wow, slap a 2 year old and call him a racial slur.   This guy has problems.  Throw the book at him

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greenie63
by Silver Member on Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

I just saw this on CNN here's a picture of the man 

Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, shown in a photo from a previous arrest, has been charged with assaulting a minor.

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