Man charged after allegedly slapping Minn. toddler on airplane

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An Idaho man has been charged by federal authorities for allegedly slapping a toddler on a flight bound for Atlanta from MSP earlier this month.

The Associated Press reports 60-year-old Joe Rickey Hundley slapped the 19-month-old boy in his face, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court.

Jessica Bennett, 33, of Minneapolis told authorities her son, Jonah, was crying as the plane came in for landing. Hundley was sitting next to her and hit the boy, leaving a scratch under his eye.

The mother also said Hundley used a racial epithet as he demanded her to quiet the boy.

In a statement released Saturday, Bennett, says the shocking incident has caused a great deal of emotional trauma to the entire family, "far beyond the physical pain her son experienced," the Associated Press reports.

Hundley was charged with simple assault. If convicted of the misdemeanor, he faces a maximum of one year in prison.

The company executive has also been suspended from his job pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

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