‘Shut That Ni–er Baby Up!’: Man Arrested After Slapping A Crying Baby In The Face

February 16, 2013  |  

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A crying baby on a flight en route to Atlanta caused a man to lose his mind and ultimately, find himself the focus of an FBI investigation.

Joe Rickey Hundley of Idaho was charged with assaulting a minor after he slapped a two year old baby who wouldn’t stop crying.

According to CNN, the baby began crying because of the change in altitude as the plane was preparing to descent to Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport.  Jessica Bennett, the child’s mother, said she began trying to soothe him but was unsuccessful.

At that point, Hundley, who was seated next to her, turned to her and said, “Shut that n***er baby up,” according to the FBI agent’s filed affidavit.

When that didn’t immediately happened, Hundley took an open hand and slapped the baby right in the face.  Of course, the baby started crying even louder.  As a result, the baby suffered a scratch under his right eye.

Many passengers were able to tell the story to the FBI agent once the plane landed.

Delta Airlines released a statement saying they were fully cooperating with authorities and apologized to passengers for the inconvenience.

Hundley isn’t answering any questions; instead, he referred questions to his lawyer who, as of Friday, had not returned CNN’s phone calls.

Lord, Lord, LORD, hold my mule while I run this race! I assume Miss Bennett must either have been in shock or she was more professional about it than anyone else I know would have ever been.  I’ve literally thought about this all night and I am pretty sure that had this been me, this would have had a slightly different ending.

I’m pretty sure I would have made a quick phone call to make sure someone could come pick my baby from the airport. Then, I’d have spoken to the flight attendant to make sure my baby got to said person meeting us at the airport. At that point, I would have beat the you-know-what out of that old man for laying hands on my child. See, someone would have to pick my kid up because clearly we both would have been hauled off to jail. I just don’t see how it’s possible that I would not have laid hands on the man.

Here’s the thing: there’s not one person who likes being on a flight with a crying baby. But hey, things happen and you have to deal with it.  This man was mad because the plane was landing and the baby’s ears were popping and it hurt.  Not only did he hit the baby but he called him a “n***er baby.”  Being old and annoyed doesn’t mean you get a pass for being a crazy racist.

I’m still floored.

I need to know: How do you think you would have reacted? Let’s talk.

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