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. Baby defender

    In prison a Guy call "Baby" will slap him for love.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Locker

    See if he would have belonged to a Union then they wouldn't have been able to just fire him for some charges that have yet to be proven true.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. zaphed

    I will sue on top of that jail term. Make the guy peniless

    February 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Name*ibrahim sesay

    deiscrimination will never stop so lets stop burying our heads in the sand and pretending everything is ( or will be ok) black people hate black people. muslims hate muslims (suni vs shie) white people hate white people. people will find reasons whatever they may be to hate some other person. call it what u may, antisemitism, secterianism, teibalism, or racism i call it stupidity. my point here is there is hateful people (STUPID people) everywhere they just use excueses to transfar their hatefullness to any one (including an innocent baby)

    February 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kyeshinka

    I would have written it this way: "Idaho man boards plane. Black baby starts crying. Expected confrontation brings predictable results. Delta sucks even more now."

    February 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Questioning?

    So this guy has already been tried and convicted, huh? Something like this would be horrible if it happened, but I will wait to condemn the man until after the trial.

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

      There were plenty of people who said the guy did so, So, yes pretty sure this means guilty. And a bigot!

      February 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill Hice

    There a going to be some of Joe Huntley's fellow inmates eager to 'slap' him around, if you know what I mean.

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

      Not sure who Joe Huntley is but i do know what you mean... and really i get sick of people who hate for no other than being born a color you have no control over. He was probably one of these old guys who walks back and forth up and down the isle the entire trip on the plan. Who sticks their butt on you when they wont go back to their seat and sit down, instead of acting as if the plane is a subway car where you have to stand and hang on.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jango

      He's not going to prison for slapping a kid. Dream on.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chuck Finley

    I doubt the guy actually has a problem with black people, he probably just wanted to say something mean in the heat of the moment. I hope they don't charge him with a hate crime, but I'm sure there's a law against baby-slapping they can stick him with. He'll do well in prison...

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

      Its under federal jurisdiction – a hate crime charge is the least of his worries.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • tammi

      really? Who says stuff like the N word unless you can't stand black people. And for god sake this was a baby. Why not choose the word brat, or something relating to a baby? He choose to use a racial slur because he saw a black kid, and both he can't stand.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Len Turkel

    With a name like Joe Rickey . . .you kinda know what to expect. Sad, very SAD.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    No excuse for the man's behavior, but have you ever sat on a plane for hours with a screaming baby? They should have isolation seats or maybe parent competency requirements.

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

      By all indications, the child only got loud during the descent (for obvious ear-related reasons).

      If you want to not hear loudness during a flight, get headphones and crank up some tunes. Easy fix.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Len Turkel

    Chuck . . . Probably didn't have a problem with black poeple?? Well, the racial slur before the smack down on the toddler was kinda your first clue there.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mandfkiwsa

    Why? Can anyone stop an 18 month old baby from crying upon depressurization?

    February 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Daniel

    I've wanted slap several adults. I can tolerate children, but when adults whine and cry, I get a little crazy.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob

    How the heck did this guy make it off the plane?? All these people heard and saw his actions, but no one had the balls to effect a citizen's arrest??

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

      I don't get that, either. If I was near him, and heard him say that and say him do that, I'd jump on him and start slapping away.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hah!

    He's a registered democrat...check it out

    February 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      What's that matter? You live in a bubble. This world is full of racist and party affiliation has nothing to do with it.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Head Hog-one

      HE is from Hayden Lake, just north of Coeur d'Alene, ID where the Nazis had their big compound, for God's sake!! I doubt there are any Democrats that live there, and if there are the would not register as one.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
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