Atlanta, Georgia. It is alleged that on February 8th, Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, slapped a toddler that sat next to him on his mother’s lap as the plane they were both in descended from a Minneapolis to Atlanta flight. Who doesn’t hate crying babies in enclosed spaces?
According to the toddler’s mother, Jessica Bennett, 33, she was sitting in seat 28B on a MD-90 twin engine jet, with her son 2y.o. Jonah. Hundley was seated in 28A. As the jet went into it’s final descent, the change in the altitude bothered the toddler enough to make him cry.
Bennett recalled that as the child cried, Hundley used the “N-word” when referring to her child. The exact words were, according to the child’s mother: “Shut that nigger baby up.”
Hundley then reportedly turned around and slapped the kid in the face with an open hand, causing the baby to scream louder. Because nothing says quiet like a slap to a kid’s face. The slap, according to Bennett, “caused a scratch below the tot’s right eye.”
Todd Wooten, seated in 16C reported to the FBI Agent Daron Cheney (in flight) that he heard “derogatory language coming from the rear of the aircraft,” prompting Cheney to investigate. Cheney noted: “According to Mr. Wooten, he saw Joe Rickey Hundley strike the toddler.”
Hundley was travelling to visit a relative that is hospitalized and claimed to be “distraught” while on the flight. He also told authorities he consumed ONE alcoholic drink. Bennett, however, believed that Hundley was intoxicated when he boarded the plane, saying “he reeked of alcohol and was stumbling around wasted.” Bennett said that Hundley drank several double vodkas during the two-hour flight, and bitched to her about her son being “too big to be a lap baby.”
Hundley is charged with simple assault within maritime and territorial jurisdiction in the federal court in Atlanta. If convicted of this charge he faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison. Court records indicate he was also arrested in 2007 after a fight with his girlfriend, and was ultimately charged with assault, carrying a concealed weapon, and public intoxication. Hundley pleaded guilty to the assault charge and claimed that the weapon he had brandished was a “wine corkscrew.”
Hundley is the president of an aircraft parts manufacturer in Hayden, Idaho. He claims the whole incident is “an absolute falsehood.” Fancy words for “it’s a fucking lie!” However he has been suspended from his job, pending the outcome of the investigation.
I get the crying baby hating and all, but Hundley would’ve done wonders if he’d gotten the stewardess to bring the baby something to eat. A kid with food in its mouth usually shuts up. Now, it’s lawsuit time!