MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis woman says her 2-year-old son was traumatized by a man accused of slapping the boy and calling him a racial slur during an Atlanta-bound flight.

The boy’s mother, Jessica Bennett, said in a statement Saturday that her son has become “apprehensive to strangers” since the Feb. 8 flight from Minneapolis.

Joe Rickey Hundley, of Hayden, Idaho, has been charged with simple assault. His attorney said he will plead not guilty.

Bennett, 33, told authorities her son was crying as the Delta Air Lines flight prepared for landing. Hundley, 60, was sitting next to her and slapped the boy in his face, causing a scratch under his right eye, she said.

Hundley “told her to shut that (N-word) baby up,” FBI special agent Daron Cheney said in a sworn statement. “Ms. Bennett received assistance from several people on the plane.”

Bennett said the infant began crying louder after he was hit.

“Hundley’s comments were racist and hateful,” Bennett said in a statement to KARE-TV (http://kare11.tv/YyjZ58). “The family has numerous questions about how a passenger could get so violently out of control as to assault a toddler.”

Hundley was suspended from his job as president of Unitech Composites and Structures, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Al Haase, president and chief executive of AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group — Unitech’s parent company — said the firm was taking the matter seriously.

“In accordance with our company’s personal conduct policy, we have suspended the employee pending investigation,” Haase said in a statement.

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13 thoughts on “Mother: Boy Slapped on Plane is Now Apprehensive

  1. Hundley was also seen harassing cats & mice slapping them around..Some say he was even more abusive towards 4 little kittens…Lol..Beware little children & small animals he’s claims to be a really tough guy! Lol

  2. Why are people shocked? I think Political correctness is now backfiring to where people now are going to express how they really feel. This man is not alone in his thinking. And blacks have to remember, we too often use the “n” word even to express anger (look at the black guy who called out Chris Brown) or just an express to other blacks. We do alot of this to ourselves and now that a bigot white man do it, we get mad. ANd lets not get on the topic of violence and hitting.

    • What would you had done if the man had called you a derogatory name and then holler off and slapped you so hard, that you came on your period…???

  3. TJMS…..take the address this fool put up.

    why put up an address you don’tknow is even his and what are you going to do other than trying to insight something against this man….he is getting everything he deserves.

    We all know that racism exist and has never died.

    we know that cowards like hundley exist across america and he would have never done anything like this if it were a black man or black woman in that seat.

    • I know for a matter of FACT that the address posted belongs to Joe Hundley because that is the SAME address that I copy and pasted from the CRIMINAL COMPLAINT filed in the United States District Court, North District of Georgia, in criminal case number: 1:13-mj-00188-AJB-1 – Hundley, Joe Rickey, and he was charged with violating 18:113(5) and 49:46506 – SIMPLE ASSAUT WITHIN MARITIME AND TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION and APPLICATION OF CERTAIN LAWS ON AIRCRAFT.

      The New Black Panthers will be provided this information so that he can understand what he feels like to slap an 18 month old child or any child for that matter and then make a derogatory statement about them.

      The Affidavit and Criminal Complaint filed in Federal court reads as follows:

      AO 91 (Rev. 5/85) Criminal Complaint
      United States District Court



      HAYDEN, IDAHO 83835
      (Name and Address of Defendant)

      I, the undersigned complainant being duly sworn state the following is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief On or about February 8, 2013. within the special aircraft jurisdiction and the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, defendant, JOE RIClCEY HUNDLEY, did
      assault an individual who has not attained the age of 16 years, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 113(5) and Title 49 United States Code, Section 46506.

      I further state that I am a(n) Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that this complaint is based on the following facts:

      Please see Attachment A

      Continued on the attached sheet and made a part hereof (X) Yes () No

      Based upon this complaint, this Court finds that there is probable cause to believe that an offense has been committed and that the defendant has committed it. Sworn to before me, and subscribed in my presence

      Signature of Complainant

      February 12. 2013 at Atlanta. Georgia


      I, DARON CHENEY, being duly sworn, depose and state the following:

      1. I am a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and have been so employed for approximately 22 years. I am currently assigned to the Atlanta, Georgia office at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and investigate crimes aboard aircraft.

      2. This affidavit is submitted in support of a complaint for JOE RICKEY HANDLEY for the offense of Simple Assault of a Delta Airlines passenger while on board a Delta Airlines aircraft, Flight number 721, en route from Minneapolis, Minnesota (MSP) to Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in the Northern District of Georgia, all in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 113 (a)(5) which provides in pertinent part

      Whoever, within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, is guilty of an assault shall be punished as follows:

      (5) Simple assault, by a fine under this title or imprisonment for not
      more than six months, or both, or if the victim of the assault is an
      individual who has not attained the age of 16 years, by fine under this
      title or imprisonment for not more than 1 year, or both.

      3. On Friday, February 8, 2013, Delta flight number 721 traveled from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, and pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 46506 was within the “special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States” which makes it a crime for anyone who commits an act ” i f committed in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States (as defined in Section 7 of title 18) would
      violate section 113, 114, 661, 662, l l l l , 1112, 1113, or 2111 or chapter 109 A of title 18 [of the United States Code].

      4. Venue is proper because 18 U.S.C. Section 3237 (a) provides in pertinent part

      Any offense involving the use of. . . transportation in interstate or foreign commerce . . . is a continuing offense and , except as otherwise expressly provided by enactment of Congress, may be inquired of an prosecuted in any district from, through, or into which such commerce . . .moves.

      5. Jessica Bennett, who resides in Minnesota and is 33 years old, advised the FBI that on Friday,
      February 8, 2013, she and her two year old son, [JS], were passengers on Delta flight number 721, which traveled from Minneapolis, Minnesota (MSP) to Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Ms. Bennett stated that during the flight in question, she and [JS] were seated in row 28, seat B. The aircraft was in final descent into Atlanta, Georgia, when JS started to cry due to the altitude change. Ms. Bennett stated that she was trying to get [JS] to stop crying, but he continued.

      6. According to Ms. Bennett, a male passenger seated next to her in row 28, seat A, later identified as JOE RICKEY HANDLEY, told her to shut that [‘N word’] baby up. Ms. Bennett stated that JOE RICKEY HANDLEY
      then turned around and slapped [JS] in the face with an open hand, which caused the juvenile victim to scream even louder. Ms. Bennett indicated that JOE RICKEY HANDLEY’s actions caused a scratch below [JS’s] right eye.

      7. After JOE RICKEY HANDLEY struck [JS], Ms. Bennett received assistance from several people on the plane, including male passenger Todd Wooten. Mr. Wooten was seated in row 16, seat C, and heard derogatory language coming from the rear of the aircraft. Mr. Wooten stated that he left his seat and went to the rear of the aircraft to investigate the disruption. According to Mr. Wooten, he saw JOE RICKEY HANDLEY strike [JS].

      8. Based on the foregoing facts, your affiant submits that probable cause exists to believe that JOE RICKEY HANDLEY, while in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, did assault a person who has not attained the age of 16 years, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §113(5) and 49 U.S.C. § 46506.

  4. The only reason that man called that baby a ‘n’ baby and then slapped him was because of the mother’s skin color. If the mother had been black, there’s no way that man would have slapped that baby without putting up a fight.

  5. Rayar Johnson on said:



    In the Wayne County Mississippi Newspaper Front page continues 8A February 14,2013 addition.

    School board member Arrested for false reporting

    But, Sheriff office said they cannot get involved with this, they have a contract with the school.I called 911 they couldn’t help us.

    KKK threat to kill my child four children continous violations. We need representation.


    Rayar Johnnson


    • No! you need to get the hell out of Mississippi. That state has been and always will be racist. You can gather all the representation you can muster…..but the fact remains, that state has been racist since it was been put on the map and it will always be.

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