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Sunday
Feb172013

Mother ‘Scared to Death’ After Stranger Allegedly Slapped Her Infant Son on Flight

ABC News(ATLANTA) -- Jonah Bennett, a 19-month-old boy, is at the center of an FBI investigation after a stranger allegedly smacked him on a flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta.

The toddler’s mother, Jessica Bennett, told ABC News she was sitting in the aisle seat of row 28, alongside Joe Hundley, 60, a stranger.

“Jonah starts crying because he’s feeling the pressure in his ears,” Bennett said.

At that point, Hundley, according to court documents, told Bennett to “Shut that n-word baby up”.

“I said, ‘What did you just say?’” Bennett said. “And he was so drunk that he fell onto my face, and his mouth moved over to my ear and he said it, just directly into my ear.”

Hundley, who is the president of an aircraft parts company in Idaho, then allegedly smacked Jonah.

“When I had looked at Jonah’s face, he had, his eye was swollen…and it was bleeding,” Bennett said. “I was just scared to death.”

That’s when fellow travelers stepped in.

“Ms. Bennett received assistance from several people on the plane, including male passenger Todd
Wooten,” court documents said.

Wooten, who was seated in row 16, said he heard derogatory language coming from the rear of the aircraft and witnessed Hundley slapping the child.

Hundley was charged with assault in an Atlanta federal court.

His attorney, Marcia Shein, said nobody should rush to judgment and that Hundley would be pleading not guilty.

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Friday
Feb152013

Man Accused of Slapping Crying Toddler on Flight

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A Delta Airlines passenger traveling from Minnesota to Georgia faces federal assault charges after allegedly slapping a fellow passenger’s toddler son for crying during the flight.

Joe Rickey Handley of Idaho was on Flight 721, set to land at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on Feb. 8, according to an FBI court affidavit. He was sitting next to Jessica Bennett and her 2-year-old son, who began crying as the plane started to descend.

Bennett, who was seated in row 28 alongside Handley, told FBI agents that she tried to get her son to stop crying when Handley “told her to shut that ['N word'] baby up.”

“Ms. Bennett stated that Joe Rickey Handley then turned around and slapped [the baby] in the face with an open hand, which caused the juvenile victim to scream even louder,” court documents said.

The 33-year-old Minneapolis mother said the slap caused a scratch below her son’s right eye.

That’s when fellow travelers stepped in.

“After Joe Rickey Handley struck [the child], Ms. Bennett received assistance from several people on the plane, including male passenger Todd Wooten,” court documents said.

Wooten, who was seated in row 16, said he heard derogatory language coming from the rear of the aircraft and witnessed Handley slapping the child.

“Let’s just let the case speak for itself as it develops,” Atlanta Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Marcia Shein said.

Shein, who’s representing Handley, said her client will be pleading not guilty.

Efforts to reach Bennett and Handley by ABC News were unsuccessful.

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Friday
Jun012012

Teacher Imitates ‘Bridesmaids,’ Slaps Student

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MALIBU, Calif.) -- A ninth grade student said she was hurt and humiliated in front of her class after her teacher slapped her, re-enacting a scene from the comedy Bridesmaids.

Dionne Evans was called to the front of her English class at Malibu High School in California on May 22 after she forgot an assignment at home, said her lawyer Donald Karpel.

“[The teacher] said, ‘Have you seen the movie Bridesmaids?  "She then smacked Miss Evans four to six times,” Karpel told ABC News.

The teacher had been referring to a scene in the Academy Award-nominated film in which Melissa McCarthy’s character tries to smack some sense into Kristen Wiig’s character, who is depressed after losing her job and making a spectacle of herself at her best friend’s bridal shower.

Evans hasn’t returned to her English class and has been taking her final exams in the school library, Karpel said.

“She was humiliated, devastated,” he said.

Malibu High School did not return ABC News’ request for comment. Evans’ teacher wrote her a letter of apology, but Karpel said the school and teacher need to do more.  He is pursuing a lawsuit against the school district, principal and teacher and has also filed a police report.

“It has caused a major problem,” he said. “My client is a good student, not a disciplinary student.”

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