A 60-year-old man from Hayden, Idaho, could face a federal assault charge after he reportedly slapped a 2-year-old boy from Minneapolis on the face during a flight to Atlanta on Feb. 8, the Pioneer Press said.
The man, Joe Rickey Hundley, was flying to visit a hospitalized relative in Atlanta when the toddler from Minneapolis started crying. The boy's mother, Jessica Bennett, 33, said that he was crying due to the increase in pressure from the flight. She tried to get him to stop crying but couldn't do it successfully. Hundley was sitting next to Bennett's son when he grew agitated at the crying, said to "shut that [N-word] baby up," and then smacked the toddler with an open-hand across the face, the Star Tribune said.
Marcia Shein, Hundley's attorney, said that he is pleading not guilty to the charges.