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Man gets 8 months jail for slapping crying baby on plane

By Mason White 12:11 PM January 7, 2014
Jessica Bennett and her baby 

By: John Roberts
A man was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after slapping a crying baby on a plane, according to court proceedings in Idaho.

Federal prosecutors said that the defendant hit a 19-month-old crying child on a Delta flight. He was sentenced on Monday, to eight months in prison.

Joe Rickey Hundley pleaded guilty to assault in a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors.

Hundley sat next to Jessica Bennett and her 19-month-old son on row 28 when the Delta flight 721 from Minneapolis, Minnesota, began its descent into Atlanta.

When the baby began to cry, Hundley told Bennett to “shut that n****r baby up,” according to an FBI report.

“He then turned around and hit the child in the face with an open hand, which caused the baby to cry even louder,” the FBI statement said. The boy suffered a scratch under his right eye.