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February 18th, 2013
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Attorney: Parents want punishment for man accused of slapping their toddler on Delta flight


(CNN) - An Idaho man accused of uttering a racial slur and slapping a crying 19-month-old boy on a Delta Air Lines flight is now out of a job.

Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, was charged with assaulting a minor in the February 8 incident. His company, which initially suspended him, said Sunday that Hundley no longer has 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.

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

AGC Aerospace & Defense supplies technology and other services to the military and businesses.

The family's attorney, John Thompson, said they have not decided yet whether to sue. But he said Monday they believe Hundley should be punished beyond the loss of his job and possible one-year federal prison sentence.

"The family wants to make sure that Mr. Hundley and anyone like Mr. Hundley never does something like that again," he said on CNN's "Starting Point."

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    February 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Samantha

    There have got to be more charges that can be filed. It isn't just simple assault. It's child abuse on a defenseless baby. Child abuse carries a tougher sentence. What about child endangerment and hate crime laws?

    February 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Joe

    This is so sad. What kind of man would hurt an innocent child?

    February 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Cece

    Some people are so wicked. They have no respect for the human race.
    This man is a sick monster...demonic and cruel. No innocent child should ever experience child abuse. But it happens every second all over world!

    February 19, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Kimmy


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