Man charged with slapping toddler fired, more details emerge

We didn’t get a chance to talk about this story last Friday but I thought we should. New details are emerging about the man accused of slapping a toddler on a Delta flight and the incident itself. (This story is from late Sunday. I will update on Monday.) So check it out and let me know what you think.

From The Associated Press:

“MINNEAPOLIS — A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight is out of a job, his former employer said Sunday.

“Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, of Hayden, Idaho, is no longer an employee of AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group, Daniel Keeney of DPK Public Relations confirmed Sunday night.

“Al Haase, president and CEO of AGC, issued a statement early Sunday that, while not referring to Hundley by name, called reports of behavior by one of its executives on recent personal travel “offensive and disturbing” and said he “is no longer employed with the company.” Keeney would not say whether Hundley was fired or resigned. Hundley was president of AGC’s Unitech Composites and Structures unit.

“Hundley was charged last week in federal court in Atlanta with simple assault for allegedly slapping the 2-year-old boy during the Feb. 8 flight. His attorney, Marcia Shein, of Decatur, Ga., said Saturday that Hundley will plead not guilty. The charge carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail.

“Shein did not immediately returned messages seeking comment left Sunday evening by The Associated Press. Hundley does not have a listed phone number.

“The boy’s mother, Jessica Bennett, 33, told the FBI their flight was on final descent into Atlanta when her 19-month-old son started to cry due to the altitude change. Hundley “told her to shut that (N-word) baby up,” FBI special agent Daron Cheney said in a sworn statement. She said Hundley then slapped him in the face, scratching the boy below his right eye and causing him to scream even louder.

“Bennett told Twin Cities television stations on Saturday that the incident has caused her family a great deal of trauma and that her son, Jonah, had been outgoing but had turned apprehensive of strangers.

“Hundley became increasingly obnoxious and appeared intoxicated during the flight and complained that her son was too big to sit on her lap, she said.

“He reeked of alcohol,” Bennett told KARE-TV. “He was belligerent, and I was uncomfortable.”

“Bennett said she was shocked by the racial slur she says Hundley used when Jonah started crying.

“And I said, ‘What did you say?’ because I couldn’t believe that he would say that,” she told WCCO-TV. “He fell onto my face and his mouth was in my ear and he said it again but even more hateful. And he’s on my face, so I pushed him away.”

“Bennett and her husband are white, while Jonah, whom they adopted, is black.

“We wish to emphasize that the behavior that has been described is contradictory to our values, embarrassing and does not in any way reflect the patriotic character of the men and women of diverse backgrounds who work tirelessly in our business,” Haase said in his statement.”

Do you believe the mother’s version of the story? Do you think it would ever be appropriate to hit/slap another person’s child? Do you think slapping another person’s child is worth a year in jail? Do you think the man should be fired from his job before convicted? What about if convicted? What would you do if someone slapped your child?

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Ruby

February 18th, 2013
1:26 am

I think she is telling the truth and this moron from the baby-boomer generation still thinks he can say and do whatever he pleases. 1 year in jail and financial restitution is in order. He’s very lucky to have been sitting by this lady or he could have been carried out in a body bag if it had been somone else. I don’t think I would have been so nice and we would both be sitting in jail now.

Chris

February 18th, 2013
1:39 am

It sounds like this baby just started cutting up on the descent – I don’t know if that’s the case. BUT it wasn’t appropriate for the guy to slap the kid, and I HIGHLY suspect he’d been getting drunk on the plane. Another article said he’d been buying double vodkas, while he said he just had one drink (which is typical of a drinker) – THAT is easy to check out with the flight attendant. HOWEVER I’ve been at restaurants when slacker trash parents let their kids scream, run up the aisles, climb over booths, etc like they’re in a playground and if someone asks the parent to mind/control their bratty kid, and they didn’t, it would be okay to slap the parent. On a wall at church there was a sign that said “If you don’t mind your child’s behaviour, you may be asked to leave” which is probably a better way to handle such situations. I carry earplugs when I fly (twice a month for 5 hours) and have never had a problem.

Jackson Pointe

February 18th, 2013
1:52 am

Bigots on a plane!

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Carl Lones

February 18th, 2013
2:03 am

http://www.oneclickroot.com/2013/02/
That man is ruthless! How would he feel if his son is in that situation?
That is just sick!

Jose

February 18th, 2013
2:40 am

One should never, ever, hit another person’s child for misbehavior. Smacking the parent in the chops for not keeping their child under control is a whole different can of soup though.

ssidawg

February 18th, 2013
7:56 am

If this account of the story is accurate then It’s fine with me if he was fired. If this POS acted like this in public I can only imagine what his wife and children have endured in private. It’s not okay to treat people like this.

Parent

February 18th, 2013
8:42 am

I am presuming the story is accurate since thare are necessarily plenty of witnesses. Unfortunately, alcohol has the habit of letting your innermost demons come out. Apparently that happened and the man is now rightfully unemployed. You need to think about those things before you imbibe.

On another note, are the parents so stupid that they did not realize that pressure changes happen? When we flew with our young son, we always had a bottle (later a juice box) ready for when the plane started to descend. Even if we had to wake our son up, we would do so to spare him the ear pain and the rest of the passengers the screaming.

frankie

February 18th, 2013
8:43 am

Jose….tell yo what, next time i take my baby on the plane and she starts crying act out your threat of smacking this parent and see if they can pry your @ss out from under the seat which i just put you under.

If Hunley was upset about the baby crying all he had to do was ask to be reseated….prior to the descent of the plane….
I have been on plenty of business flight where there were crying babies and here and see the person seated next to the mother and child get aggitated. I have told the flight attendent if that passenger wants to change seats let me know..
I have a 2 yr old and it does no bother me in the least….

Parent

February 18th, 2013
8:50 am

“Do you think it would ever be appropriate to hit/slap another person’s child?”

No, I don’t think anyone has the right to discipline another person’s child. However, they DO have the right to complain to management of public facilities (flight attendant) and have them make a request that the parents handle out-of-control children. I would go so far as to have parents who will not control children thrown out of restaurants or banned from airplane flights.

The other side of the coin is that when some parents DO discipline their children in public, they are subject to scorn or worse. Years ago at a Winn-Dixie in Woodstock, a woman slapped her son for mouthing off to her. She was arrested and taken to the county jail, but the county then decided not to press charges. It caused a huge uproar, with people picketing the store where it happened (the person who called the police worked there as a manager). We never again shopped at that store (as did most people) and the store soon went out of business. The woman sued the city of Woodstock for false arrest.

frankie

February 18th, 2013
8:57 am

It is never okay to hit another person child no matter the circumstance. Recently a cashier at a grocery store had a problem with a child around 3-4 who was running throught the store tearing stuff up knocking over product, etc. the cashier grabbed the child and spanked him about 20 times.
She is now facing upto20 years in jail.

Why not find the parent and have them arrested/charged/billed for the damage the child caused to the store…the cashier would be free right now. there is always another way to get redemption which it sees these people are looking for.

mom2alex&max

February 18th, 2013
9:03 am

Everyone knows that when the plane descends, the change in pressure causes painful ear issues if you don’t do something about it. Kids don’t know how to handle it, it hurts, they cry. Descent is over pretty quickly, you just do your best and it is over. It’s not like the kid wailed like a demon for the entire flight.

It is never ok to slap someone else’s kid. You can’t put up with just a few mins of a kid crying? Get out of society I say. Kids cry. IT HAPPENS. Deal with it.

kimmer

February 18th, 2013
9:12 am

Do you believe the mother’s version of the story? Yes. Why not? Her story I believe was also corroborated by others on the flight.

Do you think it would ever be appropriate to hit/slap another person’s child? Duh, No.

Do you think slapping another person’s child is worth a year in jail? Depends on the circumstances. How hard was the slap? How old is the child? What was the child doing? Was the child injured? As a general rule if the child was not injured then no. Does not warrant a year in prison. Huge fine. Pay restitution. Criminal record. Hauled off to jail. Lose your job. Some jail time. But confined for a year? No.

Do you think the man should be fired from his job before convicted? The employer can assess the situation, talk to the employee and make their own judgement. They aren’t bound to a court decision.

What about if convicted? See above.

What would you do if someone slapped your child? Never know exactly how you would react in such a shocking situation but if an adult slapped one of my kids at less than 2 yrs old in my presence, instinctively retaliate physically but then I’d be attending to a very upset child. It would also be different if the aggressor was a man & the parent a woman or vice-versa.

chris smalls

February 18th, 2013
9:29 am

Maybe he shoundn’t have slapped that kid, but he did. My experience dictates that a kid being a kid does NOT make his crying any less unpleasant to listen to for any length of time. I’ve been around parents who have no concept of disciplining their kids and people make a conscious decision to ignore it. I don’t hardly think it’s right to make other people suffer because you can’t keep a leash(or muzzle, as it were) on your child. It’s things like this and the guy losing his job over it that are why i have contempt for people with kids as well as the kids themselves.

Attack the parent!

February 18th, 2013
9:30 am

@Parent: really, calling the parents stupid? I have brought juice, lollipops, bottles, etc. and still ended up with a crying child during descent. Sometimes swallowing doesn’t help too much, especially if the child had a cold. Why the superior parent story?

There’s no evidence here that this mother did anything wrong; it is the man who slapped a child who is a jerk. If he wants a silent flight, he should save up for a private jet. If he can’t afford it, then he has to share the plane with everyone else who bought a ticket. And sometimes children cry.

MomsRule

February 18th, 2013
9:32 am

Under no circumstances did this man have the right to strike this child. I don’t care if the kid screamed at the top of his lungs the entire flight.

Jail time is certainly in order. If he had struck an adult jail tiime would be in order so I don’t understand why some people think it should be different because a child was the victim. And I’m pleased he was canned to boot.

Parent

February 18th, 2013
9:44 am

“Everyone knows that when the plane descends, the change in pressure causes painful ear issues if you don’t do something about it. Kids don’t know how to handle it, it hurts, they cry.”

You are right,EVERYONE knows (or should know). So the parents should have made arrangements.

homeschooler

February 18th, 2013
9:46 am

@ Chris Smalls. What the heck is wrong with you? Do you have a suggestion of what the mother could have done to quiet this baby? He’s a baby! He’s not a child acting out. She wasn’t an oblivious parent. She was a loving and attentive mom trying to calm her child. Obviously you have never been and should never be a parent. There is nothing you can do when a baby is upset or in pain other than just try to console the child. The plane was landing, she couldn’t get out of her seat. She was trapped next to a drunk, abusive jerk who YOU are defending. Again…what’s wrong with you!?!?!

homeschooler

February 18th, 2013
9:50 am

@ Parent..I ask you too “what could this mom have done differently”. If you are a “parent” have you never been in a situation where your 1 yr old cried and you could not console him/her. If so, you are quite unusual.

1776

February 18th, 2013
9:55 am

Attack the parent!

February 18th, 2013
10:06 am

@ Parent, name calling is inappropriate no matter the circumstances. Sorry. And as I pointed out “arrangements” don’t always work. At least they didn’t for me.

Jane W.

February 18th, 2013
10:09 am

Not everyone should have kids; even fewer should be left in charge of them.

DB

February 18th, 2013
10:13 am

The guy is a jackass, certainly. I can understand his frustration at being trapped next to a crying baby — it’s a very visceral feeling, having a baby screaming in your ear. However, no one in their right mind would ever think it was ok to smack someone else’s baby. Obviously, his decision-making was impaired by alcohol — who knows, maybe he is afraid of flying and has to get a few drinks in him to get on a plane, or maybe he’s just a sorry drunk.

mom2alex&max

February 18th, 2013
10:18 am

Parent: and HOW exactly should mom deal with it? Giving them something to drink doesn’t always work. Chewing gum is not something you can do with a small child. What kind of arrangements should have been made?

Descent takes minutes. If the jerk couldn’t handle it, he should have driven or hired a private jet.

Parent

February 18th, 2013
10:30 am

“@ Parent..I ask you too “what could this mom have done differently”. If you are a “parent” have you never been in a situation where your 1 yr old cried and you could not console him/her. If so, you are quite unusual.”

Perhaps I have just been lucky – my wife and I flew numerous times with our infant son and never had an issue with crying on landing (or takeoff). Of course, we were always EXTREMELY careful to take precautions and have bottle/ drink on hand and feed it to him. I have had times when he threw temper tantrums in a grocery store (my wife immediately took him out to the car to deal with him) and in restaurants (I IMMEDIATELY took him outside and dealt with the issue). We did not voluntarily leave him in a public setting where his crying would disturb other people.

In contrast, I remember one time when I was at a restaurant with my family and a couple was there with their infant son and he/she was crying and they refused to take him out or deal with it or anything. I was getting pretty perturbed and was ready to ask the restaurant manager to step in, but my wife was kinder-hearted than I was and offered to help hold and comfort their child while they ate. They were very appreciative.

Parent

February 18th, 2013
10:38 am

“@ Parent, name calling is inappropriate no matter the circumstances. ”

You are right, I should not have called the parents “stupid”. I don’t really know the details. Perhaps they HAD tried everything and nothing was working. I apologize for that post.

Woody

February 18th, 2013
10:42 am

There is a concept, in the alcoholism lexicon, called ‘hitting bottom’. I think this qualifies. if we knew this gentleman better, we would probably discover that he was suffering under the unbearable humiliation of having a black man for President,exacerbated by a little too much FoxNews-watching, and the kid was taking the hit, literally, for that. Finally, I hope that we are not a society that is becoming intolerant of children, that accepts slapping of children in grocery stores OR airplanes.

jarvis

February 18th, 2013
10:44 am

Don’t want screaming kids. Don’t sit in Coach.
You can get all of the comfort you desire; it just comes with a cost.

Nancy

February 18th, 2013
10:51 am

I have traveled with children. And I have made arrangements on airplanes to prevent the ear popping. But sometimes, babies cry.

Would I ever hit other children? I have been sorely tempted.

Example: This four year old started hitting my one year old. I pulled him off my child and then he started hitting me. I held him by the wrists and he tried to kick me. His mom was a dithering idiot who said, “Boys, what can you do?”

She has four children.

frankie

February 18th, 2013
10:57 am

Jarvis apparently you don’ fly much but first class also can have infants under 2 as “infant in arms” which also mens they too/also can cry at any time…

I’d like to see some of you as infants on a plane and see how you and your parents handle the situation.

In my opiion the Mother did everything she knew to do the ENTIRE trip and this guy was just and @ss hole and needs to meet bubba and ray ray in county jail… let them slap him around a little.

Had this been a black man striking a white child, their would have been no sympathy for the black man…he would have been strung up before the plane touched down…or used as a weight to slow the plane.
So should this white drunkman be abused in the same way he abused that child…..

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

February 18th, 2013
11:04 am

What would you do if someone slapped your child?

I would’ve been still whipping on his azz. They would’ve had to put ME in jail and call HIS relatives to get him out of the hospital.

SLAPPING A CHILD, a defenseless CHILD/TODDLER is NEVER o.k. What type of world do we live in where someone would even entertain such a thought?

He was man enough to slap a toddler, I wonder if he would’ve been man enough to raise his hand at a GROWN MAN like that?

This man is what is commonly called a coward. A coward won’t pick on someone his own height/size, (notice he didn”t slap the mother), no they’ll pick on someone smaller and younger to assuage his ego.

All i can say, he’s very, very, LUCKY that it wasn’t a child/relative/friend’s kid/step child/kid off the streets/ etc. of mine. I’d show him the correct way to slap the taste outta someone’s mouth. And he wouldn’t have to worry about me pressing charges; he’d have to worry about someone pulling me off of his cowardly behind.

frankie

February 18th, 2013
11:07 am

THere is already discussion on having child free areasof the plane and even hotels.

I am for the hotel discussion to have a family friendly zone where families with children occupy one section or wing of the hotel and the business person occupy the other wing or floor.

As far as the plane….it is already exensive to take a child anywhere by plane, so adding cost for a specific seat or area of the plane is not realistic and will reduce the airlines bottom line even more so…

Momcat

February 18th, 2013
11:27 am

I don’t remember any horror stories from my kids on flights. But I do remember the kindness of strangers. I would travel solo frequently with my two year old and newborn to see grandparents. People were really kind…especially business men. Everyone but business women went out of their way to help me.

Parent

February 18th, 2013
11:27 am

“As far as the plane….it is already exensive to take a child anywhere by plane, so adding cost for a specific seat or area of the plane is not realistic and will reduce the airlines bottom line even more so…”

Not necessarily – why could airlines not just seat adults only toward the front of the plane and adults with kids toward the rear of the plane. When you make your reservations, they offer you those seats. That would seem like a reasonable accomodation. Planes are becoming more and more uncomfortable. How about riding in a middle seat between two obese persons that the airlines let sit in seats they cannot fit into?

Wonder what training they give flight attendants about helping with crying children? Any? Or do they just expect everyone to grit their teeth and bear it?

My wife and I (being empty nester) just took a vacation at an “adults-only” resort. Why? Not because we don’t like children, but just because other people’s children can get on your nerves and you can’t do anything about them. At least with your own children, you can make them mind you.

Denise

February 18th, 2013
11:28 am

God knows who to put in what situation because clearly some of us would have had to be peeled off of this man had this happened to our kid/family! I know “reflex” would have kicked in and I would have slapped him. I probably would have jumped in had I seen it happen. That might be stupid but like I said “reflex” would have kicked in. Hopefully my friends could put up bail and I would get a friendly judge.

And as for what a parent can do…maybe nothing. Chewing gum doesn’t work for my ears so who knows if giving the baby something to drink would actually work. And babies cry when they hurt. Fact of life. It sucks to listen to – I want to cry when I’m next to a crying baby – but you never know why. Lack of discipline is one thing but a hurting baby is another.

Parent

February 18th, 2013
11:30 am

By the way, in our vet’s office is a cute sign:

“Please make your children behave. Unruly children will be given lots of sugar and a puppy.”

Bernie

February 18th, 2013
11:42 am

This is what happens when Racists have too much Alcohol in public. Their inhibitions are so relaxed to the point that there Hatred is exposed for what it is, HATEFUL. I have seen this behavior more times than I count count throughout my Life but rarely on a child. This Bully and coward of a Man should have been MONKEY STOMPED right in the aisle of the plane by everyone aborad. To attack a defensless child is reflection of one with very POOR Character. He deserves Job Loss,extreme financial loss, and jail time. Maybe next time he will reconsider the amount of alchol intake in public.
Let this be a lesson to ALL Racists when drinking to excess!

STAY HOME! and Beat your own kids and grandkids!

jarvis

February 18th, 2013
11:47 am

@frankie, I know parents can take their kids into First Class. I fly plenty, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen a lap baby in First Class.

As for the mistreatment of the black man in your scenario, what are you saying would have been done differently? The man was arrested as soon as the plane landed, he lost his job and Joe Rickey Hundley is being reviled (and rightfully so) as the biggest a-hole on Earth.

Where is Joe Rickey Hundley receiving leniency as a white man?

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

February 18th, 2013
11:51 am

Densie: Hopefully my friends could put up bail and I would get a friendly judge.

Too funny!!! :lol:

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Bernie: To attack a defensless child is reflection of one with very POOR Character

Amen.

Hopefully the next time this man feels the need to slap somebody, he’ll wake up, call his AA counselor and apologize.

I bet he would’ve NEVER slapped a grown man like that — but he’s “man” enough to slap a TODDLER. How sickening.

homeschooler

February 18th, 2013
11:55 am

I only flew once with a baby. I flew to Hawaii with an 18 month old and a 4 yr old. I was terrified that my 18 month old would bother others but she was fine. Still, part of the reason she was fine was because I was able to afford a seat for her. Yes, it cost an extra 700.00 but it was well worth it. A lot of people can’t afford that extra money. Because my daughter was very accustomed to being in her car seat she was at ease and there was very little drama. I actually drank a glass of wine myself which helped as well. :-)
I recently traveled on another flight from Hawaii to Texas. There was a couple with 19 month old twins. This was on an overnight 7.5 hour flight. Both of the parents were extremely over weight and could barely squeeze themselves in the seats and here they were each with a baby to sit on their laps. I thought “this is not going to go well”. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be worse for the parents or the passengers. These parents didn’t even have someone to pass the babies off to. Two parents two babies. They couldn’t possibly buy seats for them. Tickets were a thousand dollars a piece! I felt so bad for them! However, each parent had each child asleep on their lap within 10 minutes of the plane taking off and those parents did not move a muscle for the entire flight. The kids slept, the parents didn’t eat, go to the bathroom etc. God Bless them. I could not have done it.

Jessica

February 18th, 2013
11:59 am

Wow, a 60 year old grown a*s man slaps a baby on a plane and calls him a n*gger and people are actually debating if the mother should have brought juice? Wow, thats really whats wrong with the world.

Grasshopper

February 18th, 2013
12:08 pm

It’s so reassuring to know the omniscient readers of a mommy blog can read an article and instantly believe without question only one side of a story. Frontier justice is alive and well here folks.

Some of you have even offered up reasons for the alleged assailants actions: White Rage! Severe Alcoholism! Telepathic psychiatry has become standard procedure in the blogosphere.

A 19 month old is not traumatized for life by an event like this – even assuming that we take everything mom says as gospel.

How long before the aggrieved mommy files a lawsuit against the airline and Mr. Hundley’s former employer is what I want to know.

Kate

February 18th, 2013
12:12 pm

Obviously this guy that slapped the baby was drunk, and of course he should be arrested. Why would that even be in question? Is it somehow more in question because he hit a baby instead of another adult on the plane? It’s illegal, period. And obviously there were witnesses, so no need to decide whether to “believe the mother”.

Babies (and toddlers) cry. It’s what they do, and one of their own means of communication. They do it when they’re in pain, sick, scared, irritated, frustrated, cold, hot, lonely, hungry, thirsty…or for no obvious reason. Even wonderful, attentive, practically perfect parents will at some point end up with an infant or toddler crying in public. And crying babies have nothing whatsoever to do with a discipline issue, so let’s not confuse that.

Babies can fly on planes. Planes are public places. I’ve never believed I’m entitled to travel in a bubble where there are no crying babies or other annoyances. It’s just life. Sometimes life with other humans is annoying. We’re not offered an annoyance-free guarantee when we walk out of our houses each morning.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

February 18th, 2013
12:22 pm

Who cares if the 19 month old is traumatized or not? The point , which obviously escapes YOU, is that it’s NEVER O.K. for someone to slap a toddler. NEVER.

Only a COWARD would slap a toddler. If he was so upset about a kid crying, then he’d better NEVER go out into the real world where kids scream, cry, throw tantrums, pout, wet themselves AND even sometimes talk back! IMAGINE what he’d do then

. I have a thought, since you’re so “for” people slapping toddlers why don’t you go out and pick your nearest grocery store/department store and start slapping a few yourself.

Tell me who’s going to be more traumatized afterwards — the toddler, or YOU when you slapped back by the kid’s parent.

James

February 18th, 2013
12:28 pm

If her story is true … he needs to be punished.
He has already lost his job because of the allegation.
If he was a government employee, he would be suspended with pay for 18 months while they investigated.
Nevertheless, the allegations should be proven.

Grasshopper

February 18th, 2013
12:31 pm

Who said I was “for” people slapping toddlers?

I’m saying that I don’t automatically believe everything mommy says just because she has a kid in tow. I will wait to condemn until all the facts come out, if they ever do in such a sensational manner. Something many of you seem incapable of doing.

Stop the histrionics.

Grasshopper

February 18th, 2013
12:34 pm

“He has already lost his job because of the allegation.”

Exactly. He lost his job over an allegation. If there are more facts and more witnesses, they certainly have not been presented here.

But the hysterical mommies want to make sure that we all know that it is not OK to slap someone elses kid. Well…duh. Thanks for pointing that out hysterical mommies.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

February 18th, 2013
12:40 pm

I’m saying that I don’t automatically believe everything mommy says just because she has a kid in tow.

Just by reading this story I guess I see your point.

I’ve also been keeping up with this story on the news — there were other WITNESSES who corroborated the mother’s story. It wasn’t just her words against his.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

February 18th, 2013
12:43 pm

Well DUH by some of these comments it doesn’t seem like everyone KNOWS it’s not o.k. to slap a toddler! You mean they actually KNOW this?

Could’ve fooled me.

Cue the histronics…………..

Aquagirl

February 18th, 2013
12:47 pm

I’m saying that I don’t automatically believe everything mommy says just because she has a kid in tow.

I’m usually skeptical of these stories since they present mommy’s version as gospel. However the FBI agent’s report lists a witness by name who said he heard “derogatory language” and saw Mr. Slappy actually strike the child. So there is at least one person who supported her version, and it’s not some screechy GMA host.

The mom alleges Mr. Slappy was drunk but I personally don’t care, he didn’t lose his job for allegations he was drunk on a plane.

Melissa

February 18th, 2013
1:26 pm

The guy has been arrested previously for a DUI. There should be no question about what happened, especially when there were witnesses who rushed to her aid. She was flying alone with her child.

I’ll admit I’m not always the greatest at handling crying children in public, but I would never tolerate what this person did. I’m greatly disturbed at what he said also.