Executive Accused of Slapping Baby On Airplane No Longer Has a Job

hundleyFallout continues for the Idaho executive accused of slapping a crying 19-month old.

According to Joe Rick Hundley no longer has a job.

As Babble first reported over the weekend, Hundley was charged with assaulting a minor. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta last week, the boy’s mother, Jessica Bennett, 33, was trying to soothe her son upon descent when Hundley told her to shut him up and used a racial epithet. Then he allegedly slapped the little boy with an open hand, causing a cut under his eye.

Other passengers witnessed the incident and jumped into action to help the mother. “I could not believe that he would say something like that, and to a baby or about a baby. And then to hit him was just, I felt like I was in another world. I was shaking,” Bennett told CNN affiliate KARE in Minneapolis.

Hundley, 60, who was an executive at AGC Aerospace & Defense which supplies technology and other services to the military and businesses, was initially suspended. Today the company says he no longer has a job.

“Reports of the recent behavior of one of our business unit executives while on personal travel are offensive and disturbing,” said a statement from AGC Aerospace & Defense. “We have taken this matter very seriously and worked diligently to examine it since learning of the matter on Friday afternoon. As of Sunday, the executive is no longer employed with the company.”

Hundley’s attorney, Marcia Shein, said her client is dealing with some issues and is being unfairly portrayed

“This has escalated into a racist issue and I want to be clear he is not a racist,” Shein said.

The family hasn’t decided whether to sue but their attorney says they want to make sure something like this never happens again. Hundley’s first court appearance will be in Atlanta but he must first surrender to authorities, which he has not yet done

The charge of simple assault on someone under age 16 carries a prison sentence of one year.

If he’s found guilty, what do you think should happen to Joe Rick Hundley? Prison time? A fine? Is losing his job punishment enough?

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