The incident took place on a Delta Air flight from Minneapolis on February 8. The baby was crying as the flight was nearing its landing wen Joe Rickey Hundley of Idaho grew enraged at his crying, The Associated Press reported.
The boy’s mother, 33-year-old Jessica Bennett of Minneapolis, said Hundley was sitting next to her and then slapped the crying boy in the face, giving him a scratch under his right eye.
As he slapped the crying baby, Hundley told Bennett to “shut that (n-word) baby up,” a police report said. Several passengers then came to the mother’s aid.
The 60-year old man was then arrested for slapping the baby and charged with simple assault.
A 60-year-old Idaho man has been charged with simple assault for allegedly slapping an infant aboard an Atlanta-bound flight.
His lawyer urged people not to rush to judgment.
“We think that it is important to let the case develop, and we’ll see how it all comes out,” Hundley’s attorney Marcia Shein said Friday.
Hundley’s child is adopted, and they were on the way to Atlanta for a funeral, the Daily Mail reported.
After the man slaps the crying baby, police also found that he was intoxicated and carrying a concealed weapon. And his attempt to quiet the baby didn’t quite work, either — the police report noted that the baby cried louder after being slapped.