Man pleads guilty to assault in toddler slap case
ATLANTA (AP) — A man who slapped a crying toddler on an Atlanta-bound plane has pleaded guilty to simple assault.
Joe Rickey Hundley appeared in federal court Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta.
Authorities have said 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 on Feb. 8.
Prosecutors have requested a six-month sentence for Hundley. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
Hundley’s lawyers said in court filings that his son was in a coma in Atlanta, and he was flying there to decide whether to take him off life support.