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. clweaver

    When an adult slaps a baby in the face with an open hand and it is congratulated for it. Then we need to send all of the intelligent leaders and adults to the Wood shed for a "Coming to Jesus Meeting."

    February 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Slappy

    If slapping babies is wrong, I dont want to know what is right.

    February 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 1608

    Would it be to harsh (NOT) to water board him? I don't like saying things like this, but for things like him.

    February 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Allie

    Babies cry. Big freakin shocker.Get over it. Thats not an excuse for a grown man to hit a child.

    February 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. s kel

    Why is ths klansman breathing??

    February 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Hey @ Tucker ya know what a horses patoot is? Look in the mirror you will figure it out!

    February 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Counterpoint

    Just another example of the failed policies of the Obama administration.

    February 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ BOMBO, i agree. @ Linda you would rather someone smack your child than to call him a name? I do hope you dont have any kids!

    February 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @ Counterpoint how does any of this have anything to do with Obama??

    February 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    CNN used the word "boy".

    February 20, 2013 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. vivifiant

    James F. Blake –> Rosa Parks 1955
    Joe R. Hundley –> Toddler 2013 ... When does it stop???

    PS:
    What shock me also is how little the news media bring about this and that this incident didn't make it in the top 10 google searches on any day since it happened.

    February 20, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. stese

    i used to think that Americans are more educated and accommodating than the third world country. But looks like acceptance does not come with education. What is the difference between an Indian who believes in cast system and discriminates against his own nationals, or a south American who believes in "casta" or a white who thinks he is above all just by being white? Why sing songs of praise that it is a progressive country? Underneath that sophisticated suite there lies a hypocrite who does it but is ashamed of accepting it. Everyone knows it's there, but everyone pretend that it does not exist and moves on with life. Every black does not have endless source of money like politicians to spend on these issues. They also have a family to support.

    February 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. stese

    hypocrite society........ what a shame!

    February 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JD

    Still waiting on that generation to literally die so we can be a equal society.

    February 26, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • me dangit

      "That generation"? What are you talking about? There are racists in EVERY generation. There might be fewer than there were, but there are new ones born every day. I have traveled and lived all over, and there have been racists in every place. And, no I'm not black. I'm a regular old white guy. And regardless of what anyone says, this is NOT a problem unique to America. I've seen and heard racist behavior in Australia, Canada and Europe.

      February 26, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sean Connery

    Well, did the baby need to be shut up? I doubt it was sitting there all peaceful and quiet. Given the state of most parents these days, I doubt the owner did anything to settle him down.
    My best wishes to you sir for not wanting to deal with negligence any longer.

    March 4, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      You clearly don't have a child.

      March 13, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • siqiniq

      "Given the state of most parents these days..."

      What on earth do you mean by that?

      March 17, 2013 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
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