Support Arrest and Sentencing of Man Who Slapped Child and Used Racial Slur

Target: Mark Giuliano, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Atlanta Division

Goal: Support arrest of Idaho man charged with assaulting a minor

An Idaho man was recently charged with assaulting a minor after he used a racial slur and slapped a crying toddler on a Delta Airlines flight as it descended into Atlanta.

According to an FBI agent’s affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, a woman and her two-year-old son were seated next to the accused, Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, on a Delta Airlines flight that originated from Minneapolis and was destined for Atlanta. During the flight’s descent, the two-year-old boy became agitated and uncomfortable and began to cry. As the boy’s mother attempted to soothe her son, Hundley turned to her and told her to “shut that [n-word] baby up.” He then slapped the child on the face with an open hand. The court papers say that the toddler suffered a scratch below his right eye due to the attack.

Other passengers assisted Jessica Bennett, the child’s mother, and witnessed the use of the slur and the assault. Hundley has been suspended from his job pending further investigation of the incident. The charge of assault on a minor carries a prison sentence of one year.

Hundley’s behavior is shocking, derogatory and abusive. He not only used a racial slur against a child, he also openly assaulted the child. The Atlanta FBI has taken positive action against such abuse by arresting and charging Hundley. Sign the petition below to show support for the arrest and the charges brought against Hundley, and to demand that he be punished with the harshest possible sentence.


Dear Mark Giuliano,

Recently, an Idaho man was arrested and charged with assaulting a minor on a Delta flight descending into Atlanta. According to an affidavit filed by the Atlanta division of the FBI in a U.S. District Court a woman and her two-year-old son were seated next to the accused, Joe Rickey Hundley. As the flight descended, the toddler became agitated by the change in altitude and began to cry. Hundley turned to the mother and told her to “shut that [n-word] baby up,” and then slapped the child in the face.

I am writing to support your arrest and charging of Hundley in this incident. Hundley’s behavior was shocking, derogatory and utterly unacceptable. I applaud the positive action you have taken and thank you for not allowing this case to be pushed aside. I hope that the Atlanta division of the FBI and the prosecution demand the highest sentence for Hundley for assaulting a minor.


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  1. With all the horrible things happening in the world, this incident is actually of no importance, but we’re all free to defend what we believe in, so good on you. I hope the FBI has better things to do than investigate a slapping incident.

    • Mitchell Dormont says:

      Just what was he defending? In what are you assuming he believes? Yes, there are many other things to be concerned with, but child abuse, and that’s what happened there aside form anything else needs to be addressed.
      Was it a racial slur, an ethnic slur, I do not know, but while one can choose to believe whatever junk one wants, that does not give one the right to attack other people based on one’s beliefs.

    • I agree it is sad that he hit the child but the FBI why?

  2. We don’t slap and/or insult anybody’s children, and this bigot has to learn about ethical behavior.

  3. Mitchell Dormont says:

    I recall thinking the same thing, when I heard of this on the news, this fellow is in need of prosecution.

  4. Robert Ortiz says:

    It’s not nice to be mean to any person or use racial slurs and it is illegal to strike someone. It is ASSAULT.

  5. well I would love to hear the whole story but if he did do this than he needs to pay the price but again I ask why the FBI

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