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Man Slaps Crying Toddler and Calls Him Racist Epithet on Delta Flight only to Lose His Job

Jessica Bennett and her husband aren’t certain whether to sue. On February the white couple were comforting their adopted black baby on a Delta air flight when a drunken man on the plane complained of the two-year-old’s crying and told her to “shut that nigger baby up,” and then reached back and slapped the child, leaving a scratch under his eye. Assaulting someone under 16 carries up to a one year prison sentence.

“I could not believe that he would say something like that, and to a baby or about a baby. And then he hit him was just, I felt like I was in another world. I was shaking,” Bennett told CNN affiliate KARE.

The man was Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, of Hayden, Idaho, who at the time was president of AGC’s Unitech Composites and Structures Unit. He has since lost his job.

“Reports of the recent behavior of one of our business unit executives while on personal travel are offensive and disturbing,” said a statement from AGC Aerospace & Defense. “We have taken this matter very seriously and worked diligently to examine it since learning of the matter on Friday afternoon.

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“As of Sunday, the executive is no longer employed with the company.”

Hundley’s attorney, Marcia Shein claims that he is not racist. “This has escalated into a racist issue and I want to be clear he is not a racist.” Nevertheless, he could face up to a year in prison for assaulting a minor.

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  • Daniel

    This is such a poorly written article. Shame on the writer!

  • Mick

    That last sentence:
    “The parents also have the option of serving him alcohol when he was already intoxicated.”

    WTF?

  • Brian

    You guys seriously need an editor. There are so many egregious errors in basic grammar, and even completely mistyped statements.

    “Nevertheless, if he is sued by the parents, you could face a year in prison. The parents also have the option of serving him alcohol when he was already intoxicated.”

    WHAT!?

  • what

    “The parents also have the option of serving him alcohol when he was already intoxicated.”

    Please explain this line and why you shouldn’t lose your job as a writer.

  • Anonymous

    You should hire an editor!

  • N Jones

    What does this sentence mean? “The parents also have the option of serving him alcohol when he was already intoxicated.”

  • Smoley

    >>Nevertheless, if he is sued by the parents, you could face a year in prison. The parents also have the option of serving him alcohol when he was already intoxicated.<<

    I don't understand the above paragraph. Who is being referred to as "you" in the first sentence?

    And why is serving alcohol an option for the parents?

    Who wrote this nonsense?

  • BG

    “Nevertheless, if he is sued by the parents, you could face a year in prison. The parents also have the option of serving him alcohol when he was already intoxicated.”

    From what language was this nonsensical garbage translated? The utter ridiculousness of these garbled sentences is too extreme to be written off as a typographical or proofreading error (of which this article contains numerous other examples).

    Does JD Journal stand behind these two assertions it has published? After all, JD Journal is “Nothing But the Truth”…

  • Doh

    Did somebody get paid to write this article? A 5th grader could do better.

  • Joebobjones

    Hayden, Idaho? I am shocked, SHOCKED, that a white supremacist/bigot would come from there.

  • john

    you can’t sue a person and put him in prison. you get damages. at least in the last 400 years. this knowledge is so elementary that it is laughable that the author doesn’t know it. who wrote this article?

  • Merle Bush

    Now I’d slap me a nigger baby any chance I gets!

  • Danny

    JDJournal
    The Truth Nothing But <— did I right it wright? Oh well look good to me. Time for go home.

  • friggles

    Granted the paper needs a editore to chck t he grammar and stuff but i don’t think that there is the impoortance of this here story, do youse? I think it is impoortante to shown the meanness and igmorance and prejoodist of some people and hopefully for the rest of us to have our emotions rised becuz of such injustices. Aint that what this is relly all about and aint that gramma not that important and wuldn’t it be good if some people would get a life

  • Danny

    Assaulting someone under 26 carries up to a one year prison sentence, and the man certainly was abhorrent.

    So what does beeing abhorrent have anything to do with a prison sentence? So because a person is disgusting, loathing or repugnant he/she deserves a prison sentence? What the heck is wrong with these writers?! JD Journal is in desperate need of an editor!

  • Tracy

    Poor reporting aside, I don’t believe the parents should sue over this incident. Frankly, I’m a bit tired of every encounter is now viewed through the potential monetary verdict award lens. Mr. Hundley over consumed. Baby Bennett pitched a fit on a flight. Bad scenario all around. Mr. Hundley is paying with his career and reputation. A monetary award for the Bennetts would be, in my opinion, unjust enrichment.

  • Doug

    The parents cannot cause him to go to prison by filing a lawsuit. A lawsuit by another party will result in monetary damages if they prevail. The authorities can file charges against him, with or without charges filed by the parents depending on the evidence and the wording of the law that has jurisdiction, and they can take him to court in which a judge can hear the case and deliver a sentence which could include jail time. And, once again, depending on the laws in effect in the jurisdiction where the alleged crime (the assault) took place, using the N word prior to striking the toddler could escalate the case into a ‘hate Crime’ which would make the penalties more severe. Don’t you (the writer or the publication) have a legal expert to run this by before putting up nonsense?

    Looks like you corrected the errors referred to in the above comments and just made new ones.

  • Doug

    To clarify – parents suing = civil case, civil penalties = money.

    Authorities charging = criminal case, criminal penalties including jail time and fines which go to the State, not the parents.

    Two distinctly different courts for two distinctly different claims and solutions. You can’t mix them.

  • tonto

    i am sure the last line was meant to say they could sue the airline for serving him alcohol while already intoxicated.

  • aostler

    The writer has fixed the article according to the comments made. Thank you for your corrections. – Editor

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