February 19th, 2013
04:43 PM ET

Suspect in airplane baby slapping surrenders

An Idaho man accused of uttering a racial slur and slapping a crying 19-month-old boy on a Delta Air Lines flight has surrendered to federal authorities.

Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, turned himself in to federal officials in Idaho on Tuesday morning, the U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta said.

Hundley was recently charged with assaulting a minor in the February 8 incident. According to court documents, Hundley, during a flight to Atlanta, allegedly told the baby's mother to "shut that (N-word) baby up."

He then turned around and slapped the child in the face with an open hand, according to the documents.

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  1. PMofMN

    Those Idahoans need to get out more and realize the world has fast forwarded to 2013.

    February 19, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rys Notsin

      You mean in 2013 people aren't biggoted anymore and judging an entire group of people (like from Idaho) no longer occurs?

      February 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • zaphed

      That is it . Idaho is a red state. go figure.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously

      Thanks for the dose of hypocrisy, PM. I guess geographicism is still acceptable.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • IMeanReally

      What a broad brush you use. According to your comments, all Californians are gay or all Washingtonians are potheads. YOU need to jump into 2013!

      February 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tireolnman

    Some o9ne has anger management and racial problems to say the least. This guy had a great job in the areospace industry that he lost also. Considering that he is 60 years old I hope he has saved up for retirement brecause no one is going to hire him with this on his record.

    February 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • the pope

      He could always become a high paid speaker at tea party rallies. Maybe do some PR work for the NRA?

      February 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Wow, pretty high-brow of you to imply that Tea Partiers and NRA members are angry racist people.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • oksunny

      as well as a drinking problem looks like too

      February 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • beh

      Fox News just gave him a show.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      If it walk like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, and people who identify with its ideological positions have a tendency to be ducks...

      February 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeb

    Take a good look folks.

    This is what a steady diet of Faux News and hate radio does to the brain.

    February 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • the pope

      You mean the space where a brain should be. God bless this white christian child beater.

      February 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      and damn to you pope, klanstash

      February 19, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rys Notsin

      WIth the popularity of both FoxNews and conservative radio, I would expect a whole lot more baby-slapping if your theory was correct.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot and American

      Yup. Absolutely right. If you aren't an old, white, hateful, angry man then you must get out of the way.
      It's fun watching the dinosaurs become extinct!

      February 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. UtahProf

    Well, at least this child will get to go to college for free. Racism is alive and well, it just moved into the shadows.

    February 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Not From Hayden

      Nah, it just moved to North Idaho. Quite a few years ago. Remember Butler and the Aryan Nations?

      February 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • IMeanReally

      He...Not From Hayden.....Idaho kicked them out years ago as well. Heard they moved to Washington. Does that mean Washington state is racist?

      February 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. brass monkey

    This is why I support the euthanization of old people.

    February 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Older'nDirt

      Well, that escalated quickly. We'll just call you Joe Rickey II.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DAT

    Greetings, Ms. Troll. How's life under the bridge?

    February 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • DAT

      The comment I was replying to has disappeared! My comment actually made sense in the original context.

      February 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Norm

    Try slapping my child in the face sometime.
    It will eb the last thing you do.

    February 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Deedz

      Exactly. I'm surprised the mother did not scratch his eyes out or was she totally stunned?

      February 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tucker

      Ill bet the mother felt the same way! She probably doesn't even know who sired the noisy little mongaloid.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      Tucker are you not a result of hill folks inbreading??

      February 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Yup, and that will be the last time you hold your baby for a long time. Your talking of killing him right? Or doing major harm to him. If you tried it I'm sure you'll be happy with the outcome.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • less

      Clear case of self-defense, no need to call cops or let the law handle it

      February 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tucker

      If it cried next to me on a plane I'd love to blacken its beady little eye.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      tucker I agree with you except one thing...........I would not blacken the childs eye. I would do that to the person who wrote they would " blacken the beady eyes".

      February 19, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tireolnman

    Yeah that way we can point them out to our children and say "children this is what a hateful bigot looks like. Arent you glad we got rid of most of them?"

    February 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. kasper2012

    If Satan is your God, then you are absolutely correct.

    February 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • the pope

      If satan is your god you are a true christian.

      February 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      You haven't even a clue what a true Christian is. Your name should have been Poop.

      February 20, 2013 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Maryanne

      I believe his god-of-the day was double vodkas. It sounds like he needs a stint in rehab in addition to whatever he's going to get.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chrissy

    We need more men who are accused of slapping an innocent toddler in the face?

    We need more men who spew racism and hate at a mother and her baby?

    I’m sorry, please tell me what part of that is admirable?

    February 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Karradur

    Forgive them, Lord. They know not what they do.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rascal Rabble

      nooo, dah man looked at that woman wit her baby in a drunken stupor and got to thinkin' about the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice...and realize he couldn't compete...

      February 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      i guess they call dat a whiteman's complex...

      February 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      why, do fuss? the race of the parent(s) or the child is irrelevant...

      February 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      the drunkard perceived the child as biracial, abused its mother, labeled it with a slur.

      February 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ...and think it shuddah been his baby...

      February 19, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      thatsah complex!

      February 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ruud Punter

    Sad state in America where hitting babies and using raclal epithets is acceptable behavior regardless of your prejudices. My own says to put him in a dark hole and never let him out.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Mitch

    If anyone or everyone involved in this had been armed, this would have never happened, oh wait...

    February 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. S

    Anyone ever sat next to a parent that let their kid scream on a flight the whole way? Makes you furious. He shouldn't have touched the kid but a slap in the face isn't gonna kill him. No one thinks it's "cute" to hear a baby wail at any public place.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • skipfrmdc

      ...Apply that kind of thinking to your own child (hopefully you don't have any) and get back to us.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • zaphed

      Oh, you must have no children yet.. good.. dont have any.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • FYou

      Hey stup!d, the toddler was crying because the plane's ascent made his ears hurt.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      The kid was crying because the change in pressure made his ears hurt, thats it. There was no 'scream on a flight the whole way'

      February 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • oksunny

      the mother stood up, holding the child, in the back of the plane for most of the flight. The only reason she sat back down was to land. She went above and beyond to accommodate this monster.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franky

      Being someone who flys alot, a crying baby is annoying as .. k on a plane.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chantal Trotter

      Ever notice that young children cry on descent? There is a reason for this. At their young age, their ear canals are curved and not as straight as they will be when they are older. Meaning: the pressure of a plane's descent hurts them more than it does adults. The sound of crying babies may not be pleasant but we have to accept it. They are not crying just to irritate us. Leave them and their poor mothers alone.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. brass monkey

    Hey old man, they're called headphones.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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