February 15th, 2013
(BlackMediaScoop) After demanding that the mother of a crying toddler “shut that nigger baby up,” a male passenger allegedly slapped the two-year-old across the face as a flight prepared to land in Atlanta last Friday evening.
The shocking February 8 incident aboard Delta Airlines Flight resulted in Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, being charged with simple assault, according to a U.S. District Court affidavit. Hundley, is president of an aircraft parts manufacturer headquartered in Hayden, Idaho.
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. Hundley, seen below, was seated next to Jessica Bennett and her two-year-old son (NOT pictured).
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.”
After Hundley hit the child, Agent Cheney reported, Bennett received assistance from several other passengers, including Todd Wooten. Wooten told agents that he “heard derogatory language coming from the rear of the aircraft” and got up to investigate. “According to Wooten,” Cheney noted, “he saw Joe Rickey Hundley strike” the toddler.