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Baby slapper headed to the slammer

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  • Joe Rickey Hundley, who struck a crying 2-year-old on a plane, sentenced to 8 months in prison
  • Prosecutors: Hundley called child the 'n-word' & hit him
The Idaho man who slapped a crying 19-month-old boy on a Delta flight in February, 2013 was sentenced Monday, January 6, 2014, to eight months in prison, the man's lawyer said. Joe Rickey Hundley pleaded guilty to assault in federal court in October.

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The man who slapped a crying baby on a plane will spend eight months in federal prison.

Joe Hundley was sentenced yesterday in Atlanta.

Prosecutors recommended six-months, but the judge tacked on two more because of a prior record.

Prosecutors said Hundley called the 19-month-old a racial slur before hitting him last February.

His lawyer says Hundley was distraught, and grieving, over the health of his son, at the time.

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