Feds: man to plead guilty in toddler slapping case

Child Abuse
Posted at 4:16 PM, Oct 02, 2013
and last updated 2014-04-10 10:43:40-04

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man accused of slapping a crying toddler on a plane will plead guilty.

An email from federal prosecutors did not say what charge Joe Rickey Hundley will plead guilty to during a Wednesday afternoon hearing. He faces a misdemeanor simple assault charge in the February incident.

His trial had been set to begin Thursday in federal court in Atlanta.

Authorities say Hundley used a racial slur to refer to the 19-month-old boy and then hit him under the right eye as the flight from Minneapolis began its descent to the Atlanta airport.

Hundley lived in Idaho at the time but has since moved to North Carolina.