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ATLANTA -- The employer of a 60-year-old Idaho executive says it has fired the man after authorities charged him with slapping a 2-year-old boy aboard a flight to Atlanta.

Joe Hundley had been president of Unitech Composites and Structures, which makes aircraft parts. The Hayden, Idaho, company said, as of Sunday he in no longer employed with the company.

We wish to emphasize that the behavior that has been described is contradictory to our values, embarrassing and does not in any way reflect the patriotic character of the men and women of diverse backgrounds who work tirelessly in our business, the company said in a statement.

Hundley was charged with simple assault after Jessica Bennett of Minneapolis told authorities he slapped her crying boy in the face and used a racial slur.

Jessica Bennett said she is still shocked by what happened.

I could not believe that he would say something like that... to a baby or about a baby, and then to hit him was just... I felt like I was in another world. I was shaking, said Bennett.

Hundley's lawyer says he plans to plead not guilty to federal assault charges, a crime punishable by up to a year in prison.

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