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Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2013

Joe Hundley, Idaho man who slapped toddler on airplane, loses his job as hate crime charges still pending

Joe Hundley made headlines as the  Toddler slapper, but now heads to the unemployment line.

Hundley, the Idaho man who slapped a crying baby aboard a Delta Airlines flight , while dropping the “N-word,” was fired from his high-profile aerospace job.

Officials at the man’s company called his behavior “embarrassing.”

A Feb. 18 USNews report, Joe Hundley, 60, a resident from Hayden, Idaho, lost his job after being charged for slapping a toddler on Feb. 8.

The outcome of his termination was in response to the backlash that followed and the nature of his role with his former job.

Joe Hundley

Joe Hundley

Hundley was a vice-president at Unitech, an aircraft parts company.

Officials at its parent company, Aerospace and Defense, Composite Group, released a statement condemning Hundley’s actions and explained why the alleged toddler slapper lost his job.

“Reports of the recent behavior of one of our business unit executives while on personal travel are offensive and disturbing. We have taken this matter very seriously and worked diligently to examine it since learning of the matter on Friday afternoon. As of Sunday, the executive is no longer employed with the company…”

Jessica Bennett, the 19-month boy’s mom says that she was “scared to death” after the stranger mouthed a racial epithet and slapped her crying baby.

Bennett said the man “reeked of alcohol” and was seen consuming two double vodkas aboard the Atlanta-bound flight.

According to reports, the man said, “Shut that [N-word] baby up!” just before striking the child, causing him to bleed and cry even harder.

At least one witness, who came to the Bennett’s aid, confirmed the woman’s version of the story.

Federal authorities charged Hundley with simple assault, but at this point, there is no mention of whether he will be charged with a hate crime for his alleged statements before hitting the hapless child.

The man’s attorney, who admitted to receiving hate mail for defending Hundley, said the complete version of what happened will come out that will exonerate her client.

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  1. Joe Hundley, man who slapped a toddler on airplane, gets 8 months in jail - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] Hundley pleaded guilty in October for striking a 19-month old toddler during a Delta trip. Hundley reportedly “reeked of alcohol” and was seen consuming two double vodkas aboard the Atlanta-bound […]

  2. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    Joe Hundley SHOULD BE IN A GREAT FINANCIAL SITUATION. AS AN ALCOHOLIC, I UNDERSTAND OUTBURSTS AGAINST THOSE WHOM ARE UNLIKED. I WISH THIS CASE WOULD EVAPORATE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  3. Banshee says:

    I can sympathize with Hundley. It’s hellish to sit near a kid who won’t stop screaming, kicks the back of my seat, etc., especially when its parents allow such behavior. I would pay extra for a guarantee that there wouldn’t be a small child anywhere near me on a plane.

  4. Freeman1776 says:

    There is a law called the “dram law” which places the actions of someone who was over served liquor directly responsible for such actions.

    If a liquor serving establishment serves someone who is obviously too drunk to drive, can be charged with assisting the person to commit the traffic crime. I don’t see why the airlines, Delta in this case, cannot be also charged for negligence in serving an obvious drunk more liquor than he can handle. He could have easily opened the emergency door and caused serious problems in the air.

    This guy, Joe Hundly, is a total moron, but the airlines should not be excused for their lack of good judgement in serving liquor. Frankly, I think liquor should not be served on board an airplane to begin with due to the potential results by drunks on a close confined air plane.

  5. The Global Dispatch says:

    Our sources have confirmed that the “Hate Crime” charge is being considered because Hundley said “Shut that Nigger Baby Up” before striking the child.

    The current assault charges is a misdemeanor and it seems doubtful now that they will be escalated and he will likely plea bargain for some probation.

  6. Bruce Feher says:

    DUMB DUMB DUMB

  7. Denai says:

    I don’t believe in hate crimes…If you commit a crime, you have already committed a crime. So adding charges is superfluous to appease the masses. That being said, this man committed a crime and he needs to be punished for it. The fact that he is so ridiculous in his personal life that it has become public national news is an embarrassment to his company. In a free market society, the company has the right to fire him. He’s lucky about whose baby he slapped. I don’t have kids, but if some stranger slapped my kid, he may not be alive to see himself fired.

    • Maverick says:

      I agree with every single thing you wrote. Although I find that crimes which would typically classify as “hate crimes” to be of the more abhorrent variety of infractions, there is no logical or legal reason for them to carry a greater punishment. While it is unfortunately true that racism still exists, you can’t just punish it away. It is not going to solve the underlying problem. The real solution is for the press to make a mockery of this man (like it is currently doing). By the way, isn’t Coeur D’Alene, Idaho where the KKK headquarters is located?

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

        “Maverick,”

        Coeur d’Alene, Idaho WAS MERELY A PLACE WHERE White Pride events TOOK PLACE AND WERE PUBLICIZED. SINCE SO MANY ORGANIZATIONS EXIST, THERE IS NO LONGER A PRACTICAL HEADQUARTERS. IN RECENT YEARS, THE GREATEST CONCENTRATION OF White Pride enthusiasts RESIDE IN OHIO. Coeur d’Alene HAS NO GREATER STANDING THAN – LET US SAY – HILLSBORO, WEST VIRGINIA [home of National Vanguard Books, Incorporated].

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    • Correct says:

      Denai has it exactly right.

  8. Pete says:

    Yep, we’ve all been there and have had the same thought – unfortunately for the baby, he had one too many and acted according to his thoughts. But seriously folks, have you not seen crying babies where the “Mom” does absolutely nothing to try to comfort the kid, lets them cry it out? I have – if that was the case, he should have slapped the mother, not the baby. No one should be penned up on a plane and forced to listen to a screaming baby and I can understand him “losing it”.

  9. Kevin says:

    so, would a mother who either refuses to, or is incompetent to, control her child in such a circumstances be prosecuted for battery (the harmful or offensive touching of her kid’s screaming sound waves against the other’s ears)? And if someone rebuked her and she called them a “cracker” would that battery rise to the level of a hate crime?

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

      “Kevin,”

      IT IS FUNNY HOW IN THIS post-“Jim Crow” age, CAUCASIANS SEEM TO PREFER THE WORD, “cracker;” WHEN I “CAME OF AGE” IN THE EARLY 1970s, “honky” WAS THE POPULAR SLUR.

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  10. Slapdatbia says:

    Should have slapped the mother instead, maybe a few times for good measure. Young children shouldn’t be allowed on airplanes. I didn’t pay good money to listen to your mistake.

    • Motherofchild says:

      I have a young child, and we have been on airplains. He has done fine and not cried for entire flights. It is unfair and nasty of you to say, “I didn’t pay good money to listen to your mistake.” That ‘mistake’ is a gift from God. If you don’t want to be around children, (since airplains are public transportation) DRIVE YOUR OWN CAR or fly with an airline that offers child free flights.

  11. Rox says:

    Why does the headline say that a so called hate crime is pending when this simply isn’t so??

    • MsPony says:

      Probably because they think it will make people click on their story.

      It’s the “new” journalism. Cry “racism” and see the frenzy as the unwashed jump on the bandwagon.

  12. James says:

    This man is my hero.

  13. Kevin Birge says:

    I think people are being too hard on the guy. Everyone has thought about it. He actually did it.

    • James Farner says:

      I hear you in that many people have probably *thought* of slapping a baby or reprimanding the mother to quiet the baby down (just the thought of a baby crying on an airplane makes me cringe). However, we are defined by our actions, not by what we think about doing. And he was overtly racist with his comments. My pity is reserved for the baby

      • Jeremy says:

        Overtly racist? Have you listened to HipHop and Rap lately? I wouldn’t be surprised if this kid’s own parents have referred to him as “Negro” or “Nigger”.

      • MsPony says:

        Exactly, Mr Farner.

        The difference between those who are civilized and those who are sacked from their positions is self-control.

        Sadly, too many (like Mr Birge) cheer on those who act out on their baser impulses.

        Shame on Mr Hundley, and shame on Mr Birge and “James.”

    • Jake says:

      I think you are fucking dumb.

  14. Idaho man, Joe Hundley, faces assault charges after slapping a toddler on Delta flight - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] 20 February, 2013 Breaking News > Hometown […]

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