A man charged with slapping a toddler on a plane is apparently jobless, according to a statement by his former employer on Sunday.
The man, Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, of Hayden, Idaho, is no longer an employee of AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group.
The news was confirmed on Sunday night by Daniel Keeney of DPK Public Relations, reports USA Today.
President and CEO of AGC Al Haase also issued a statement early Sunday about the incident. Haase stated that reports of behavior by one of his executives on recent personal travel was “offensive and disturbing.” He added that the person “is no longer employed with the company.”
Hundley was charged in federal court last week with simple assault after he allegedly slapped a toddler during a February 8 flight between Minneapolis and Atlanta.
The boy’s mother, Jessica Bennett, told the FBI that their plane was on a final descent when the toddler started to cry from the altitude change. Hundley “told her to shut that [N-word] baby up,” then proceeded to slap the boy in the face, notes ABC News.
In doing so, he scratched the boy below his right eye and caused him to scream even louder. Bennett added that Hundley appeared to be intoxicated and complained during the flight that the toddler was to big to sit on his mother’s lap. In his statement announcing the employee’s departure, Haase stated:
“We wish to emphasize that the behavior that has been described is contradictory to our values, embarrassing and does not in any way reflect the patriotic character of the men and women of diverse backgrounds who work tirelessly in our business.”
The man convicted of slapping a toddler on a plane was an executive with the company.