On February 8th, Jessica Bennett was traveling from Minneapolis to Atlanta with her 19 month old son on her lap. Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, was sitting next to them.
In a CBS interview, shown on “CBS This Morning” Monday, Ms. Bennett said that her son began crying. Hundley became very belligerent. She picked up her son and went to an area in the rear of the plane next to the restrooms. She stood, holding him for 90 minutes. When it was announced that they were making the final approach into Atlanta, she returned to her seat. The change in altitude caused him to begin crying again. Ms. Bennett and her husband are Caucasian, their son is African American.
Hundley and Ms. Bennett began to argue. This is when Hundley lost it. He yelled at her, “shut that (‘N word’) baby up.”
Hundley then turned around and slapped the child in the face with an open hand, which caused him to scream even louder, an FBI affidavit said.
The boy suffered a scratch below his right eye.
Until Sunday, Hundley worked for AGC Aerospace & Defense, that supplies material to the military and other businesses. A spokesman for the company said: “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.
“As of Sunday, the executive is no longer employed with the company.”
In the CBS interview Ms. Bennett said the physical harm to her son was minimal, but she is concerned about emotional scars.
John Thompson, the family’s attorney said that he was not sure if the Bennett’s would file legal action, but they believed Hundley should receive more punishment than the loss of his job.
Columnist-The Guardian Express