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. kay

    why didnt someone on the plane punch him in the face?? i sure would have..who cares what color the kid is,he was still a child!!!!

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

    Don't bring your annoying brats into public if you can't control them.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      Bribarian ... that's what I was saying about your Mother ... until I found out what great head she gives. Now we be the best of friends.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. whocares

    Momma shoulda been sitting beside the guy instead of baby. That's how I woulda done it.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Patriot and American

    Every single thing this "Man" (by that I mean coward) did was wrong. He needs to learn to keep his mouth shut and his opinions and hands to himself. I'd cut off the one he used to slap the child.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. V in Chicago

    "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 . . . "
    Uh, if this word is in his spoken vocabulary, he is a racist. I hope they throw the book at him. It would serve him right. He could have made his point without the racial slur. That, in and of itself, makes it a hate crime.

    And, for slapping the baby – if it were mine, they would have had to restrain me.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tucker

    Poor guy! He only did what most if us fantasize about.. Minus the slur (which I'd like to use now and again without fearing a beating by a darkie) of course. He should get free upgrades. He was having a moment. Nobody was hurt and perhaps the rotten kid will shut his pie hole on planes! Win! PS- leave your miserable, crying babies home. We all loathe your noisy, screeching snowflake and would love to lock the little stain in the water closet.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      Tucker, you are totally right – and that's just what Adam Lanza was quoted as saying before he blew away those babies at Sandy Hook. That was another of your fantasies as well.

      Did you also enjoy 9/11? After all, those folks got what they deserved, right?

      February 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • David B

      When you say "we," you mean you. Most adults are able to handle being around other human beings without having a violent outburst. If you can't, you need serious psychological help.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greg


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

    Drunken fool.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fluffy

    All of you folks who seem to think it's perfectly fine to hit anyone, let alone a defenseless baby, should all get together and have a giant whack-fest on one another with the goal of knocking some common sense into the vacated space where a brain may have resided at some point in your distant past. All you folks using the religious chip in the argument – your gods are all too small. The rest of us will continue on with the intelligent side of this discourse.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fluffy Stuffer

      So you are saying it's OK to slap people?

      February 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Linda

    I've seen many a parent in stores and restaurants slap their own kids and now everyone is outraged. Don't condone what he did but a crying baby sends me over the edge too. As far the racial slur that is the worst part of all of it.

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

      Explain how any word is worse than slapping a toddler in the face.

      February 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel Taylor

    I wonder if he understands that hitting a baby would make it cry more.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tucker

      Gag it!

      February 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1608

      Gag IT? Do you have any IT'S?

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

      Tucker is quite the fucker.

      February 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GailS

    He should be charged with child abuse and a hate crime against a child. And, I'm hoping a hate crime against a child will carry a harsher penalty than a hate crime against an adult.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |

    THE South will rise yet again with plenty more subsidy yeast injection programs.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnonymousDave

      The slapper is a white president of an aviation parts company from Ohio. Last time I checked, Ohio is far from being a southern state. Next time read the article before scrolling to the bottom.

      February 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeezerDude

      Ohio is known for being filled with racists who moved there from the Southern states. Racism is everywhere anyway.

      February 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ruth

    This mother showed so much restraint and I can't understand how other people in the plane didn't either defend her and beat him to a pulp. She did the right thing by not hitting him or she would have been also charged with assault. I know that if anyone slapped my infant child, I would try to beat them up. I don't think this woman understood the consequences of adopting a black child, her family will suffer many more humiliating and hurtful incidents.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnonymousDave

      Ohhlala – BECAUSE IT SAYS IN THE ARTICLE THAT THE BABY WAS ADOPTED! Some of you people need to learn how to read.

      February 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • liberalcollegeguy

      yeah im no genius but that baby is clearly mixed and probably hers out of wedlock

      February 20, 2013 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. candi

    hey that aint the only child he slap maybe theres a sign we all are missing. I think he needs help like butler. the courts should fine him for stupidity.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
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