Man accused of using racial slur, slapping crying toddler on plane is out of a job

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man slaps toddler(CNN) — An Idaho man accused of uttering a racial slur and slapping a crying 19-month-old boy on a Delta Air Lines flight is now out of a job.

Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, was charged with assaulting a minor in the February 8 incident. His company, which initially suspended him, said Sunday that Hundley no longer has his 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.”

AGC Aerospace & Defense supplies technology and other services to the military and businesses.

Hundley’s attorney, Marcia Shein, said her client is being unfairly portrayed.

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

She said that Hundley is dealing with unspecified issues.

The attorney for the child’s family, John Thompson, said the family has not decided yet whether to sue. But he said Monday family members believe Hundley should be punished beyond the loss of his job and possible one-year federal prison sentence.

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