Al Haase, president and CEO of AGC, issued a statement early Sunday that, while not referring to Hundley by name, called reports of behavior by one of its executives on recent personal travel “offensive and disturbing” and said he “is no longer employed with the company.” Keeney would not say whether Hundley was fired or resigned. Hundley was president of AGC’s Unitech Composites and Structures unit.
Hundley was charged last week in federal court in Atlanta with simple assault for allegedly slapping the 2-year-old boy during the Feb. 8 flight. His attorney, Marcia Shein, of Decatur, Ga., said Saturday that Hundley will plead not guilty. The charge carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail.
When speaking to the mother, Joe Rickey Hundley reportedly told the child’s mother, Jessica Bennett, to “shut that (N-word) baby up” before slapping him, adding an extra level of messed-up-ness to the story.
Joe Rickey Hundley, of Hayden, Idaho, has been charged with simple assault. His attorney said he will plead not guilty.
Bennett, 33, told authorities her son was crying as the Delta Air Lines flight prepared for landing. Hundley, 60, was sitting next to her and slapped the boy in his face, causing a scratch under his right eye, she said.
Hundley “told her to shut that (N-word) baby up,” FBI special agent Daron Cheney said in a sworn statement. “Ms. Bennett received assistance from several people on the plane.”
The mother of the child, Jessica Bennett, says that her son has become apprehensive to strangers in the wake of the incident. Hundley, the president of Unitech Composites and Structures, was suspended by his employer in the wake of the incident, though he denies the allegations against him. The incident took place as the plane landed in Minneapolis Atlanta.