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Stranger slaps 2-year-old on flight to Atlanta

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A 2-year-old was slapped and called a racial slur during a flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta on Feb. 8, CBS news said.

The boy was crying as the plane was landing, StarTribune said. It was then that, Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, who was sitting next to the boy and his mother, slapped the 2-year-old in the face, StarTribune said. He proceeded to tell Jessica Bennett, the boy's mother, to "shut that (N-word) baby up," FBI special agent Daron Cheney said.

The slap left a scratch under the infant's right eye, StarTribune said. Since then, the boy has become "apprehensive to stranger," Bennett said in a statement on Saturday.

Hundley has been charged with simple assault and plans to plead not guilty, CBS news said. He has been suspended from his job as president of Unitech Composites and Structures, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Flu claims nine more lives in Minnesota

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Nine more minnesotans have died in the second week of February due to flu-related causes, StarTribune said.

This puts the total number of deaths from the influenza virus at 136, KARE 11 said, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. In the first week of January more than 600 people were hospitalized with flu-related complications, StarTribune said. This number has since decreased, according to the weekly update from the Department of Health. Last week only 72 were hospitalized, KARE 11 said.

Outbreaks have been reported at nursing homes and school, StarTribune said. Although the number of outbreaks is decreasing doctor's still advise people get the vaccine, saying it is a person's best defense against the illness, KARE 11 said.

Three-year-old Devin Drake was admitted to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids on August 30 for injuries inflicted by his mother's boyfriend, StarTribune said. Hennepin country medical center staff said this was one of the worst abuse cases they have seen, Pioneer Press reports. Drake's mother's boyfriend was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison last August after pleading guilty on accounts of second-degree murder, StarTribune said. Drake died at Hennepin county medical center on Sept. 3 after suffering from a right cerebral hemorrhage, two collapsed lungs and retinal hemorrhaging, StarTribune reports. Drake's mother, 41-year-old Elizabeth Ann Moorman, neglected to take her son to the hospital until the following evening after the injuries her boyfriend inflicted on Drake because she had warrants out for her arrest, Pioneer Press said. Both Moorman and her boyfriend struggled with struggled with addictions to pain medication, Pioneer Press said. Moorman pleaded guilty on accounts of second-degree manslaughter and neglect of a child and was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison, StarTribune said.

A 911 call at 2:25 p.m. on Saturday alerted authorities that a man in his mid-thirities drove onto Lake Minnetonka and had fallen through the ice, leaving him and his elderly passenger trapped inside the sinking vehicle, KSTP said. Two teams of divers reached the scene within six minutes from the time of the 911 call, StarTribune said. The vehicle had sunk completely to the bottom of the 10-foot channel between Gray Bay and Wayzata Bay below the Hwy. 101 bridge and its passengers were unconscious and not breathing, StarTribune said. The man was rescued first and flown by helicopter to Hennepin County Medical Center, the women was rescued shortly after and taken by ambulance to HCMC, StarTribune reports. This morning it was reported that both passengers, whose names have yet to be released, have died, KTSP said.

Stephon Shannon and 15-year old Julian Kijuan acted out of retaliation when they blindly shot at the house in north Minneapolis where 5-year-old Nizzel George was sleeping on the morning of June 26, said MPR news. On the night of June 26 someone fired shots at the home where Shannon lived, said MPR news. Shannon believed someone at the house where Nizzel George lived was responsible, MRP news reported. George was sleeping on a couch with three other children when one of the eight bullets fired at his home pierced through the wall and struck and killed him, said MPR news. Shannon pled guilty on Friday on charges of second-degree intentional murder for the benefit of a gang, said StarTribune. It is unknown whether the bullet that killed George was fired by Shannon or his accomplice Kijuan, StarTribune said. Shannon's sentencing will take place Tuesday, he is facing 28 years in prison, said StarTribune.

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