A 60-year old man named Joe Rickey Hundley has been charged with simple assault after flipping out this month on a two-year old boy aboard an Atlanta-found flight.
FBI special agent Daron Cheney says the incident took place on February 8.
In an affidavit, he quotes the child's mother as telling authorities the child was crying as the Delta flight was landing.
Hundley, sitting alongside the boy, slapped him in the face (causing a scratch under his right eye) and told the mother to "shut that [N-Word] baby up.
Cheney adds that the mother received "assistance from several people" in order to calm Hundley down. He has not been taken into custody, but the case is expected to go to court at some point in the near future.
"We think that it is important to let the case develop, and we'll see how it all comes out," Hundley's attorney Marcia Shein said yesterday.