Toddler slapping suspect faces Idaho judge

Toddler slapping suspect faces Idaho judge

Toddler slapping suspect faces Idaho judge

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 5:53 PM

ATLANTA, Georgia-- The U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta confirmed that Joe Rickey Hundley turned himself in to federal agents on Tuesday. The Hayden, Idaho man was charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight.

The 60-year-old stood before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mikel H. Williams via video at the federal courthouse in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He was arraigned in Idaho on charges of assaulting a minor, stemming from a February 8th incident on a Delta flight. Authorities confirmed that Hundley was released on $10,000 bond. 

As conditions of his release, Hundley cannot drink alcohol or possess firearms and must surrender his passport. He cannot travel outside of Idaho, eastern Washington state, or the northern district of Georgia, where the case will be tried

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.

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.
 

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