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Idaho man facing assault charges, allegedly slapped child on plane

Joe Hundley was convicted of slapping a fussy toddler during an Atlanta-bound flight on Feb. 8, 2013.

February 17, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A Minneapolis mother is shocked and demanding justice after a man allegedly slapped her fussy toddler on a plane.

The incident occurred as the two were seated next to a 60-year-old man on an Atlanta-bound flight on Feb. 8.

The 2-year-old boy reportedly started to cry as the plane got ready to land. Jessica Bennett said that's when Joe Hundley called the boy a racial slur and told her to "shut the baby up."

She said Hundley then took it a step further and slapped her son Jonah.

"I could not believe he would say something like that to a baby or about a baby and then to hit him," Bennett said. "I felt like I was in another world. I was shaking."

Other passengers then came to her aid and the two were given a new seat.

Since the incident, Bennett said the toddler has become apprehensive of strangers.

Hundley faces a federal assault charge. His attorney said he will plead not guilty.