‘Shut that N*gger Baby Up!’ Yells Airline Passenger Before Slapping Child
*No, he didn’t!
Just when we think we’ve heard it all in terms of racists remarks and actions, along comes the story of a white airline passenger who not only told the mother of a crying child to “shut that nigger baby up,” but then proceeded to allegedly slap the 19-month-old baby across the face.
This all happened on February 8 aboard Delta Air Lines Flight 721. As a result – according to a US District Court affidavit – Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, has been charged with simple assault. Hundley, is president of an aircraft parts manufacturer headquartered in Hayden, Idaho, according to The Smoking Gun.
In an interview, Hundley denied striking the toddler or using a racial slur, though he did acknowledge that he “asked the mother to quiet the child.” Hundley, who said he was traveling to Atlanta to visit a hospitalized relative, described himself as “distraught” on the flight, during which he said he consumed a single alcoholic drink.
As detailed by FBI Agent Daron Cheney, Hundley was traveling to Atlanta from Minneapolis in seat 28A on the MD-90 twin-engine jet. He was seated next to Jessica Bennett, who shared seat 28B with her son Jonah.
Bennett, 33, told investigators that the “aircraft was in final descent” to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when her child “started to cry due to the altitude change.” Bennett added that she “was trying to get [her son] to stop crying, but he continued.”
At this point, Bennett recalled, Hundley used the racial epithet as he told her to shut the child up. He then allegedly “turned around and slapped” the toddler in the face “with an open hand, which caused the juvenile victim to scream even louder.” The slap, Bennett said, “caused a scratch below [the child’s] right eye.”
If any of this is true, Mr. Hundley should be grateful he’s still vertical. He’s very lucky he didn’t strike the child of any number of mothers we know. We’ll just leave at that. But, what would you do?
In the meantime, as we said at the top, this low life was only charged with simple assault, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Atlanta. If convicted of the misdemeanor count, he faces a maximum of one year in prison.
Check out the full report at The Smoking Gun.