Man slaps crying baby. A Pioneer Press report from earlier today says a man has been arrested after he slapped a crying baby aboard a flight from the Twin Cities.
Authorities say Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, of Hayden, Idaho was arrested and charged with simple assault after he allegedly slapped an infant on a flight from the Twin Cities to Atlanta. An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court reveals Hundley slapped the boy aboard a Delta Air Lines flight on February 8th.
The infants mother, 33-year-old Jessica Bennett of Minneapolis, says her baby boy was crying as the plane prepared for landing. She says at that time Hundley, who was sitting next to her, slapped the boy in his face, and told her to "shut that ('N word') baby up"
When Hundley slapped the infant it caused a scratch under his eye, and he began crying even louder.
In an affidavit, FBI Special Agent Daron Cheney said "Ms. Bennett received assistance from several people on the plane, including male passenger Todd Wooten." Wooten, who was seated a few rows ahead of Bennet and Hundley, says he went to assist Bennett once he heard derogatory language being used behind him.
In a statement issued on Friday, Hundley's attorney said, "We think that it is important to let the case develop, and we'll see how it all comes out."
What a heartless person Mr Hundley seems to be. It can be very stressful for a person seated next to a crying baby on a plane, but his actions are clearly inexcusable.