Mother: Boy slapped on plane is now apprehensive

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Associated Press

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 16 at 10:33 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis mother of a boy allegedly slapped by a passenger aboard an Atlanta-bound flight says the toddler has now become apprehensive of strangers.

Jessica Bennett told authorities that Joe Hundley slapped her 2-year-old boy in the face and called him a racial slur when the child was crying on a flight from Minneapolis on Feb. 8.

In a statement provided to KARE-TV (http://kare11.tv/YyjZ58), Bennett says the family has a lot of questions about how the 60-year-old passenger could get so out of control. She says it's caused emotional trauma to the entire family.

Hundley faces a federal charge of simple assault. Hundley's attorney, Marcia Shein, said Saturday he will plead not guilty.

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Information from: KARE-TV, http://www.kare11.com

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