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.