A baby was crying on an airplane, allegdly leading to a passenger yelling, “shut that nigger baby up.” Then, the man allegedly slapped the baby in the face as the flight prepared to land in Atlanta. The incident allegedly occurred during a Delta Airlines flight heading toward Atlanta this week. Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, is being charged with simple assault, according to a U.S. District Court affidavit.
Oddly enough, Hundley is of an aircraft parts manufacturer in Ohio.
Hundley is denying his use of the slur and saying that he didn’t slap the child or use the slur. He does admit that he asked the mother to quiet down the child. He also admitted that he was so distraught that he took a drink of liquor during the flight.
As detailed by FBI Agent Daron Cheney says that Hundley was seated next to Jessica Bennett and her two-year-old son. The woman says that the plan was in its final descent and that the child started to cry because of the shift in altitude. She says that was when the man called the baby by the slur and slapped him“with an open hand, which caused the juvenile victim to scream even louder.”
She says the baby has a scratch below his right eye to prove it.
Todd Wooten, a passenger on the plane, said he “heard derogatory language coming from the rear of the aircraft” and went to help. He also saw the man strike the baby.
Hundley was charged this week with simple assault, and if convicted, can get up to one year in prison. This is not the first time he was arrested. In 2007, Hundley was charged with simple assault, carrying a concealed weapon, and public intoxication in an incident that involved his girlfriend. He eventually pleaded to a lesser charge.