Man accused of slapping toddler fired from his job


The Idaho man accused of slapping a Minnesota toddler who cried on an airplane has lost his executive job.

KMSP reports that 60-year-old Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho was a group vice president of AGC Aerospace & Defense. He was suspended following the incident. On Sunday, AGC confirmed that Hundley is no longer employed by them.

Jessica Bennett, 33, was aboard a Delta flight from Minnesota to Atlanta with her son Jonah when the boy began crying as the plane descended. Bennett says Hundley called her child, who is African American, a racial slur and then slapped him. Bennett said a United States Air Marshal aboard the flight soon approached her and told her the matter would be investigated upon landing.

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

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