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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:00 am

A Hayden man has been suspended from work by his employer after an alleged incident on a Delta Air Lines flight in which he is accused of slapping a 2-year-old boy and making a racist comment, an incident that has drawn national and international attention.

Joe Rickey (Rick) Hundley, 60, had been serving as the president of Unitech Composites and Structures in Hayden, a large manufacturer of composite products for aerospace, transportation, military and other applications.

According to a criminal complaint written by an FBI agent and filed in U.S. District Court, in Georgia, Hundley struck the boy whose mother was seated next to Hundley as the plane neared Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Feb. 8. He also allegedly told the mother to shut that "(N-word)" baby up. Hundley didn't return calls to The Press seeking comment.

The mother of the child, 33-year-old Jessica Bennett of Minneapolis, was trying to quiet her son who began crying because of the change in altitude on Delta Air Lines Flight 721, which was traveling from Minneapolis to Atlanta.

Unitech is part of AGC Aerospace and Defense, a global supplier of technologies, systems and services that support key commercial and military programs.

In a written statement posted on Unitech's website, Al Haase, president and chief executive officer of AGC, acknowledged that authorities are investigating Hundley's alleged behavior. Hundley was traveling for personal reasons, Haase noted.

"The allegations are disturbing and are contradictory to our values," Haase said. "We are taking this matter seriously. In accordance with our company's personal conduct policy, we have suspended (Hundley) pending investigation."

Hundley was charged with simple assault after Bennett told authorities he slapped her crying boy in the face and used a racial slur.

Hundley's attorney, Marcia Shein, said Friday that "it is important to let the case develop."

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  • hiway90 posted at 7:19 am on Tue, Feb 19, 2013.

    hiway90 Posts: 61

    I am so glad this paper is keeping this story alive...daily, what a huge story.....NOT....

    This is just the latest liberal media diversion frenzy, it too will pass, they will attempt to make it a racial issue, then an elderly issue, then a mental health issue, and finally a firearms issue. All to take away the true issues at hand.....JOBS, BUDGET, IMMIGRATION,CONSTITUTION INFRINGEMENTS,
    DEFICIT, much more important...

    Where is all the media coverage and hype about the HUGE upcoming Day of Resistance protest of 2nd Amendment infringements, to be going on NATION WIDE on the 23rd, only next Saturday, Where is all the coverage of our CONSTITUTIONAL rights attempting to be infringed upon?

    There are SO MANY more important issues to deal with RIGHT NOW, but to divert the attention, they continue to concentrate on some old intoxicated man who got tired of a kid crying.

    Which is worse, an alleged drunk slapper, or a cop way over the legal limit being set free....Hmmmmmm

     
  • aayupp posted at 10:32 am on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    aayupp Posts: 307

    Iam sure chris matt. or rachel will be all over this -and where is this drunk from -oh idaho that ultra red state out west! i think idaho went against obama more then any other state, correct? except utah maybe.

    fair and balanced oreilly might cover it tonight with his smart sexy lawyers so we will see!!

    next time sir- bring some home grown brownies on board and have a good laugh at the cute kid!!! hahaha.

     
  • max power posted at 9:16 am on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    max power Posts: 559

    *** Wow! National & International Coverage ***

    Meanwhile the masses get bread (foodstamps) and circuses, with virtually all of Hollyweird and much of the liberal lamestream knee-pad media ready to perform on cue. The majority, losers under Comrade Obama's reign, lack the will, and maybe, the attention span to realize what is happening to them. Babbling about baby slapping, assault weapons and Rubio's reach for a water bottle serves to distract them. Such is the state of affairs in Obamaland...

    "Looks like hiway90 gets it" - Jack Hammer

     
  • Joseph Jr posted at 9:05 am on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    Every story (except in CDaPress) I have read nationally, has stated child is adopted.

    WHY did the parent or parents the need to disclose this to the press?

    I am disgusted by the man.

    I am also disgusted by the apparent motivation$ of this "family."

    If it were me, I would never again mention this to my child. I would be concerned about future emotional damage, inflicted as a result of a CIVIL $UIT and the media attention he will one day receive as a result of these interviews and story's printed on the media.

    Let the FBI and society take care of this.

    That is MY OPINION!

     
  • milburnschmidt posted at 8:22 am on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    milburnschmidt Posts: 1161

    Sems there are two issues slapping a baby is worse than the racial slur which is indefensible. My thought is alcohol brings out the real glimpse of a persons soul not a false picture as some think. The man has been duly punished in the national press and that should either change him or end him. Regardless of what his lawyer comes up with he is toast at least he is not being roasted for supposed code words but used language we can all agree with is offensive. Time to ban alcohol on planes.

     
  • skunkworks posted at 7:00 am on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    Have Fun at the unemployment Office Mr Hundley...."Alcoholism" Has Destroyed your Life !!!!

     
  • The Simple Truth posted at 6:45 am on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    The Simple Truth Posts: 563

    because it IS a racial issue, duh...

     
  • Screen Name posted at 6:02 am on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    Screen Name Posts: 643

    Now fired from employment: http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/18/travel/crying-boy-assault/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

     
  • rjoh22 posted at 3:12 am on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    rjoh22 Posts: 2

    You think it's no big deal. This guy is a member of the power structure here and lots of people would like to see that power structure changed. I can just see the guy sitting with his cronies in a ritzy Boise club, drunkenly telling each other racist jokes, making secret business-legal deals. If that is not happening, fine, but if it is, people would like to know.

     
  • BoxcarBill posted at 2:00 am on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    BoxcarBill Posts: 1074

    ... anyone know if he is a Christian, Republican, Zionist?

     
  • hiway90 posted at 1:03 am on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    hiway90 Posts: 61

    This is just the latest liberal media diversion frenzy, it too will pass, they will attempt to make it a racial issue, then an elderly issue, then a mental health issue, and finally a firearms issue. All to take away the true issues at hand.....JOBS, BUDGET, IMMIGRATION,CONSTITUTION INFRINGEMENTS,
    DEFICIT, much more important...

    Where is all the media coverage and hype about the HUGE upcoming Day of Resistance protest of 2nd Amendment infringements, to be going on NATION WIDE on the 23rd, only next Saturday, Where is all the coverage of our CONSTITUTIONAL rights attempting to be infringed upon?
    Are you all REALLY Socialists?

    There are SO MANY more important issues to deal with RIGHT NOW, but to divert the attention, they concentrate on some old intoxicated man who got tired of a kid crying.

    Which is worse, an alleged drunk slapper, or a cop way over the legal limit being set free....Hmmmmmm

     
  • rjoh22 posted at 12:09 am on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    rjoh22 Posts: 2

    One would wonder, being company president and all of an aerospace company, how close he is to state legislators and other right wing honchos. Are any of them his drinking buddies? Did he lobby them? People would like to know.

     
  • DeNiles posted at 2:59 pm on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Here's some new light on this. Not much better, but new. Mom is white, the child is Mulatto and Dad was not on the plane. Perhaps the old boy thought there was a mixed marriage to go with the deal? And the guy was blitzed drunk. Per Mom he was not able to even sit straight up in his seat. His defense (I guarantee) is that he did not intend to hit the child. He's gonna say he had lost his balance leaning over to tell Mom his complaint and was trying to right himself whence he mangled the youngster by accident. Mom has already alluded to such an account.

    Regardless the guy is toast. The racial slur is most certainly a sure thing. He 'blubbered' it out more than once. It was heard by many folks and Mom said a Federal Air Marshall is one of the witnesses.

    This story hit the television shows today. Mom and Dad got interviewed. The child is adopted. The parents are both white. I see an SNL skit, and Al Sharpton and the whole gang jumping in on this one. It seems to be the real deal. Racism, mean and ugly. Just hope they can keep Idaho out of the picture.

     
  • greyhound2 posted at 1:35 pm on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

    greyhound2 Posts: 694

    Poor guy - done in by a quirk of fate - sitting next to a white adoptive mother who's only interest is a photo-op with finger-wagging potential,and found alledged grounds for a lotto ticket from someone sick and tired of a squalling brat on a long distance plane ride with no seperate seat. He should have requestred another seat on the airplane and let someone else suffer through the ride.

     
  • janedoe posted at 1:29 pm on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

    janedoe Posts: 5

    I do believe that the lack of diversity here contributes to the problem! I know most of North Idaho can't stand people moving here from other states, but the growing diversity is a great thing.

    I'm married to a man of a different ethnicity. For the most part, we're welcomed with open arms here. We've gotten a few sideways looks, but that happened back home, too. I'm not under any delusion that North Idaho as a whole is *racist* (although Hundley clearly is), but I do think there is a lot of social growth to be done!

     
  • The Simple Truth posted at 11:24 am on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

    The Simple Truth Posts: 563

    He was probably upset because the mom was white....N Idaho just does not tolerate race mixers, right?

     
  • Triumph posted at 10:25 am on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

    Triumph Posts: 533

    If the guy slapped my kid he would IMMEDIATELY regret it.

     
  • Bob Loblaw posted at 9:28 am on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 364

    Next time, fly business class.

     
  • voxpop posted at 6:34 am on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    "Hundley's attorney, Marcia Shein, said Friday that "it is important to let the case develop."

    Pretty sure that's lawyer-speak for - guilty. Racist or not, this SOB needs an old fashioned Bronx tune up.

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 5:59 am on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    WOW I am totally surprised the title didn't say "RACIST" baby slapper.

     
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