One way to lose your aerospace job: Slap a baby on a plane. That's what 60-year-old Joe Rickey Hundley allegedly did on a Feb. 8 flight to Atlanta, and last night AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group, confirmed Hundley is no longer employed there, the AP reports. The little boy's mother, Jessica Bennett, says Hundley got upset when her son, Jonah, started crying on descent due to the altitude change and "told her to shut that [n-word] baby up," according to an FBI statement. Bennett says Hundley then slapped Jonah's face, scratching him below his right eye.
Hundley "reeked of alcohol," Bennett told KARE-11. "He was belligerent, and I was uncomfortable." She says he also repeated the racial slur to her, and got in "my face, so I pushed him away." Hundley, who had been president of AGC's Unitech Composites and Structures unit, was charged with simple assault in federal court last week and faces up to a year in jail. His lawyer says he plans to plead not guilty. Bennett says Jonah has become "apprehensive to strangers" since the incident, the AP adds.