Man slaps baby on US flight

The man has been charged with assault following the incident on a flight to Atlanta. Photo / Thinkstock
The man has been charged with assault following the incident on a flight to Atlanta. Photo / Thinkstock

A man is facing criminal charges after allegedly slapping a crying baby in the face on a flight in the United States.

Joe Hundley has been charged with assault following the incident on a flight to Atlanta.

The mother of 19-month-old baby Jonah, says the child began crying after a change in altitude.

Newstalk ZB US correspondent Richard Arnold says things escalated from there.

"He says this passenger sitting next to her told her to 'shut that baby up', using a racial slur, and then slapped the child.

"The mother says he reeked of alcohol and drank double vodkas during the flight."

Richard Arnold says 60-year-old Hundley is pleading not guilty, as he only asked the mother to keep the child quiet.

- Newstalk ZB

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