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The man who has been charged with slapping a crying infant on a flight to Atlanta is out of job on Monday.
As we previously reported, Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, allegedly slapped a 2-year-old infant who was crying as his flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta was getting ready to land. Hundley of Idaho also reportedly used the n-word when he slapped the child.
According to CBS News, the boy’s mother, Jessica Bennett, said that it was clear from the beginning that Hundley didn’t want to sit near her and her adopted son. “I said, 'Oh, we are sitting next to you,' and he just basically rolled his eyes and growled at us,” she told CBS.
Hundley was also annoyed that the boy was sitting on Bennett’s lap, she said.
When the boy began crying, Bennett said, “He looked at me in a very hateful way and he said ... shut that (N-word) kid up!"
Bennett also told the AP that Hedley “reeked of alcohol.”
CNN reports that Hundley was charged with assaulting a minor.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this caused for the passengers onboard,” a spokesman for Delta Airlines said in a statement.
Since the story has made national headlines, Hundley no longer has a job. He did have a job at AGC Aerospace as president of a division. The airplane parts manufacturer issued a statement confirming that the employee’s behavior was unacceptable and he is “no longer employed by the company.” AGC didn’t say if he resigned or was fired.