Man accused of slapping toddler turns himself in, posts bond


The Idaho executive accused of slapping a Minneapolis toddler on a flight bound for Atlanta on Feb. 8 turned himself into authorities Tuesday and was released on a $10,000 bond, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Sixty-year-old Joe Rickey Hundley appeared before a federal magistrate in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho for the simple assault charge, but did not enter a plea.

As conditions of his release, Hundley cannot drink alcohol or possess firearms and must surrender his passport. He cannot travel outside of Idaho, eastern Washington state, or the northern district of Georgia, where the case will be tried, according to the Associated Press.

According to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, 33-year-old Jessica Bennett of Minneapolis told authorities her 19-month-old 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.

Before the assault, the mother claims Hundley used the "N-word" as he demanded she quiet the boy.

Marcia Shein, Hundley's attorney, tells CNN her client is being unfairly portrayed and that even if Hundley did use the slur, it does not make him a racist.

She says Hundley will plead not guilty.

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