Man accused of slapping crying boy on Delta flight is out of a job

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    Post by Chris on Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:20 pm

    Man accused of slapping crying boy on Delta flight is out of a job
    From Ric Ward and Michael Martinez, CNN
    updated 12:32 PM EST, Mon February 18, 2013

    (CNN) -- An Idaho man accused of uttering a racial slur and slapping a crying 19-month-old boy on a Delta Air Lines flight is now out of a job.

    Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, was charged with assaulting a minor in the February 8 incident. His company, which initially suspended him, said Sunday that Hundley no longer has his job.

    "Reports of the recent behavior of one of our business unit executives while on personal travel are offensive and disturbing," said a statement from AGC Aerospace & Defense. "We have taken this matter very seriously and worked diligently to examine it since learning of the matter on Friday afternoon.

    "As of Sunday, the executive is no longer employed with the company."

    AGC Aerospace & Defense supplies technology and other services to the military and businesses.

    Hundley's attorney, Marcia Shein, said her client is being unfairly portrayed.

    "This has escalated into a racist issue and I want to be clear he is not a racist," Shein said.

    She said that Hundley is dealing with unspecified issues.

    Parents want punishment in plane slap

    The attorney for the child's family, John Thompson, said the family has not decided yet whether to sue. But he said Monday family members believe Hundley should be punished beyond the loss of his job and possible one-year federal prison sentence.

    "The family wants to make sure that Mr. Hundley and anyone like Mr. Hundley never does something like that again," he said on CNN's "Starting Point."

    Affidavit: Slap with an open hand

    According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta last week, the boy's mother, Jessica Bennett, 33, of Minnesota and her son were seated in row 28, seat B, on Delta Flight 721 that originated in Minneapolis.

    She spent part of the flight in the rear of the plane to get away from Hundley, who she said smelled like alcohol and was slurring his speech, according to Thompson.

    As the plane began its descent into Atlanta, the boy began to cry because of the altitude change and his mother tried to soothe him.

    Then Hundley, who was seated next to the mother and son, allegedly told her to "shut that (N-word) baby up."

    Hundley then turned around and slapped the child in the face with an open hand, which caused him to scream even louder, an FBI affidavit said.

    The boy suffered a scratch below his right eye.

    Other passengers on the plane assisted Bennett, and one of them heard the slur and witnessed the alleged assault, the affidavit said.

    Court appearance not yet set

    Shein said that even if her client did use the slur, it does not make him a racist.

    "I could not believe that he would say something like that, and to a baby or about a baby. And then to hit him was just, I felt like I was in another world. I was shaking," Bennett told CNN affiliate KARE in Minneapolis.

    Hundley's first court appearance will be in Atlanta, Shein said. It has not yet been set, she said. Hundley must first surrender to authorities, which he has not yet done, she said.

    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.

    Thompson said the familyy will evaluate evidence before deciding whether to sue anyone, including Hundley or Delta.

    Thompson said Bennett saw Hundley order two drinks while she was seated and saw him being served another one while she stood at the rear of the plane. Thompson said he wasn't sure if Bennett complained to flight attendants about Hundley's behavior.

    The family might have a case against Delta for serving Hundley alcohol if he was already intoxicated, CNN legal contributor Paul Callan said.

    InSession legal analyst Joey Jackson said he doesn't think there's a significant case because the child was not seriously harmed.

    "While this conduct was offensive, it's abhorrent, it should never happen under any circumstance, the issue of a civil case regarding money will be how are you affected," he said.

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    Post by Bluesmama on Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:27 pm

    I'm glad that he did it for one thing ~ it got his ass fired.

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    Post by Nystyle709 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:18 pm

    Slap my kid and called him a nigger? I would've kicked him in the face. Nuts too. LOL, but that is hilarious in a way. I've been on planes with parents with screaming babies and it does make you want to throw the little fuckers out of the window sometimes.

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    My nephew Tony's little brother and me...

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