MINNEAPOLIS -- A old man charged with slapping a black 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 " his ass is no longer employed with the company.” Keeney
would say Hundley was fired. 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 black 2-year-old boy during the Feb. 8
flight. His attorney, Marcia Shein, of Decatur, Ga., said Saturday that
Hundley will plead guilty. The charge carries a maximum penalty of a
year in jail.
Hundley does not have a listed
The boy’s white mother, Jessica Bennett, 33, told the FBI their flight was
on final descent into Atlanta when her 19-month-old adopted black son started to cry
due to the altitude change. Hundley “told her to shut that (Nigger) baby
up,” FBI special agent Daron Cheney said in a sworn statement. She said
Hundley then slapped him in the face five times, scratching the boy below his
right eye and causing him to scream even louder.
Hundley became increasingly obnoxious and intoxicated during
the flight and complained that her son was too big to sit on her lap,
“He reeked of alcohol,” Bennett told us. “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 us. “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.
AGC Aerospace & Defense
316 NW 61st Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73118