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Man Who Slapped Toddler On Plane Now Jobless

Man Charged Slapping Toddler Unemployed

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.

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58 Responses to “Man Who Slapped Toddler On Plane Now Jobless”

  1. Janette Godisgracious Spraags

    This is not alleged…the mother filed a complaint so obviously this happened…He should be very glad that the mother of the child was white, because had it been a black mother, they would be doing more than indicting him…

  2. Janet McKay

    God yes, they'd have him stuffed and mounted and on display in the local 'tolerance' museum so fast it would make your head spin!

  3. Jessica Carver

    Until court proceedings are over they have to legally say alleged.

  4. Pati Trapeni Kimball

    the mom did not "at least" slap him right back! wow, I am not sure what I would have done!

  5. Pati Trapeni Kimball

    the mom did not "at least" slap him right back! wow, I am not sure what I would have done!

  6. William Dean Luke

    He already did. He slapped a child, he lost his job. Wishing further negativity on someone who's Bad Karma has already returned and soundly swatted them invites it's own bad karma upon one's self.

  7. William Dean Luke

    He already did. He slapped a child, he lost his job. Wishing further negativity on someone who's Bad Karma has already returned and soundly swatted them invites it's own bad karma upon one's self.

  8. Liz Brodeur

    He deserves at least that! He woiuld have found himself on his a** in the aisle had it been my kid! Ooops…gotta watch that turbulance!

  9. Liz Brodeur

    He deserves at least that! He woiuld have found himself on his a** in the aisle had it been my kid! Ooops…gotta watch that turbulance!

  10. Shari Hall

    Somebody slap kid im gonna slap his ass 10x more than he did my kid what rude man he had no right to slap that kid

  11. Chrissy Guthrie

    You're an idiot! Babies cannot say "ouch mom my ears hurt" they communicate by crying because they don't come out of the womb speaking and expressing feelings. I hope you don't have children because you obviously are oblivious to their needs and actions!

  12. Brad Mullins

    What a completely stupid and ignorant comment. You must be from Idaho. I know; I lived there for 15 years. he can be glad that he didn't slap my son. He can thank the good Lord!

  13. Elise M Robb

    Children's ears hurt a lot when they fly, it happens to us too and we chew gum or do other things but children suffer more. No reason to blame the mother but if it was me I would have beat him up or hit him with something. He probabaly was an abusive father to his own kids, how about this one?

  14. Chris Hush-Puppy Cicala

    mother white, father white, child black… watsupwitdat..

  15. Krista Duchene

    So it's OK for some stranger to strike a toddler in the face & call him a racial slur. U must be a racist too if u think mom is to blame!

  16. Kristina Green Self

    It's called adoption. Something your brilliant mind seems incapable of understanding. I just hope my friends who have adopted children of other races never meet you.

  17. Jack Davenport

    Oh so aslong as the mother filled a complaint that means she couldnt possibly be lying right? All im saying is we have a little thing called due proscs.

  18. Lauraann Barrows

    If a stranger slapped my child he would have gotting more than a slap from me. He probably would have received a lump on the head,black eye and memory loss

  19. Suzanne Hopkins Blievernicht

    Mary Jean, I am hoping that you are just unaware of the fact that young children rarely know how to decompress the pressure in the ear drums when descending in an airplane. I always tried to have a little something for ours to swallow or gum to chew as they got older to help equalize the pressure and one time resorted to nursing during the descent when one of ours was still a baby and screaming in pain. Mothers are NOT to blame and a child crying from pain is not being rude. Please revisit your response from a different perspective and no matter what your understanding of this incident is, there is never an acceptable or excuseable time when anyone has the right to smack a young child or to insult the mother by using a perjorative term.

  20. Donna Thomas

    Karma isn't real. It's an outdated concept made up by primitive man thousands of years ago to explain why bad things happen to good people… What this man experienced was consequences, not karma..

  21. Lester Baes

    Nice and at 60 years old too! He can die peacefully now knowing he has left his mark on the world and people will remember him for this more than anything else. Idiot.

  22. Dutch Alexander

    The unfortunate reality is he probably got a severance package and qualifies for unemployment. T boot he will probably sue the company for illegally firing him with out justifiable cause…unless of course he has a moral clause in his contract.

  23. Jay Paul

    @Chris hush-puppy Cicala: your ignorant comment shows your best side im assuming, and of course that not saying much

  24. Leon M. Aguilar Jr.

    same thing with politicians guys… a lot of them are to old to hold office…

  25. RaeAnn Thomas

    I would of slapped his a** the moment he called my kid the n word! He gets what he deserves and lucky it wasn't more then that! I don't care what the baby was doing, putt your hands on my kids ur done! I hope she sues him for all he's got!

  26. Izzy Dojo

    Doesn't matter black or white this guy can sue that company for rest of his life there wages u can't fire a person for what they do on there personal time I really hope all the ppl that complain he got whatever is coming to him releases he's to old to find another job also welfare ssi and whatever else. Comes out of ur poxket so don't wish neg crap on ppl you don't know maybe he had a bad week maybe his life isn't going well and it pushed him over u don't know anything bout this person so wishing he lost his job is pitiful.

  27. Marta Rodriguez Perez

    Genes are up with that. And who cares? An innocent child was slapped. Why you wondering?

  28. James Schull

    what needs to happpen everytime somone goes next to this jackoff slap the shit out of him kep it up till this peice of garbage is dead.

  29. Marta Rodriguez Perez

    Hey Mary Jean, live under a rock? Never saw kids? Never been on a plane? Never experienced altitude change? I love reading the comments, just to see how many idiots I find.

  30. James Schull

    sorry william dean if he had slaped my kid loseing hisr job would be the least thing to worry about a crazy ass pissed off father he would have delt with he should thank god it wasnt my kid he wouldn't have needed to worry about losing his job his life would have been in trouble had it been my kid id of beat him till he stoped moving.

  31. James Schull

    you read Mary Jean Johnson maybe the mom was to blame MOM DOn't MATTER YOU RETARD YOU DOn't HIT A INFANT! that's the problem with this country to many stupid people like her.

  32. Jim Klug

    Anyone can sue for anything – but he almost certainly won't win. You seem to be ignorant of the "At Will" employment clause that is inserted into almost every employment agreement by every company…which means that the company can fire anyone at any time for any reason…or no reason at all.

  33. Jim Klug

    The company almost certainly doesn't need a "justifiable cause", since they are extremely likely to have an "At Will" employment clause in the agreement he signed when he was hired…which means the company can fire anyone at any time for any reason…or no reason at all. This isn't a "Mom and Pop" business – they have multiple locations employing large numbers of people and are sure to have both an HR division that monitors such things and corporate attornies that they would have gotten an opinion from before firing the guy.

  34. Catie Carroll Atkins

    you'd have lots of company! what is the world coming too!!!

  35. Izzy Dojo

    Far from ignorant of any said law the employer fires him for something on his own time then quotes it as the reason he can sue and will win don't throw around a word u don't want to label urself as I've seen it first hand so he could win not completely out of the question Just depends if he tries to sue or not

  36. Barbara A. Yates

    Hmmm, you sure are misinformed. How can it be the mother's fault that a man slapped her child. No honey, violence is never the answer no matter what!

  37. Barbara A. Yates

    Once again, there is absolutely no excuse for using violence and his bad day is irrelevant to say the least! I hope you wouldn't slap someone because you had a bad day, but if you did, hope someone would slap you back….

  38. Sandra Contreras

    You are such a dumb idiot. That does not give him the right to assault that child! You are probably not a parent, and advocates violence to solve all problems. Please do us all a favor , don't procreate, this world does not need assholes like you!

  39. Kalena Kenny

    I'd have slapped him back, I wonder if he feels it was worth it now