Back in February 2013, Joe Rickey Hundley, slapped 2 year old toddler, Jonah, on a Delta flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta. According to the toddler’s mother, Jessica Bennett, 33.
her son, Jonah, was crying as the Delta Air Lines flight prepared for landing. Hundley, 60, was sitting next to her and slapped the boy in his face, causing a scratch under his right eye. She said, Hundley “told her to shut that (N-word) baby up.” Mrs. Bennett also said that Hundley smelled of alcohol. “I could not believe he would say something like that to a baby or about a baby and then to hit him,” she said. “I felt like I was in another world. I was shaking.”
Jessica Bennett and her husband are white and their adopted child is African American. Other passengers offered her another seat after the incident happened.
According to AP.org on February 17, 2013 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.
Unbelievable, right? Well, let’s fast forward to today. Hundley was slapped with 8 months of jail time, in my opinion, most definitely NOT enough.
His lawyer Marcia Shein said Hundley will report to a yet-to-be determined prison but didn’t say what the date would be.
She said she respects the judge’s ruling but called the sentence “disproportionate” to the crime and added that it was two months longer than what prosecutors had recommended. “Hunley had paid a terrible price for his hurtful words but asks only that people understand that he was not doing well that night and spoke hurtful words he would have not otherwise have said.” Via CNN.com
Hundley was on a flight and was grieving that his son had overdosed on insulin and in a coma, the day before the flight and was trying to decide if he should take his son off of life support, he did die the day after the flight. So Hundley was sad, depressed dealing with a lot, I’m pretty sure that there has been others in a situation where a loved one was dying or died and they never slapped a crying child.
We have ALL been on a flight where there is a baby/toddler/child that is showing out. Crying, screaming, kicking the back of your chair, Lord knows I HAVE. We all want to yell at the mother and tell her to shut the kid up or have given dirty looks to the child/parent, but to put your hands on a child? Call the child a derogatory name? C’mon dude, you’ve taken it to the extreme. It’s a good thing that this little child is young that he won’t remember it. His mom will and I’m pretty sure that she’s scarred.
Slapped with 8 months, good! Should have been more if you ask me. I do feel empathy that he lost his own child, but he should have used restraint when it came to a crying child. Him losing his job afterwards and the time he’s going to inevitably spend in jail is no one’s fault but his own. You hit a child. You slapped a child and called this child the N-word. Seriously?
Ya’ll know good and DAMN WELL, if Mrs Bennett was African American, she would’ve drawn blood on that flight. *files nails*