Southwest flight attendant takes baby away after seeing it slapped by her mother

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A mother told aviation police she slapped her crying 13-month-old daughter on a flight between Dallas and Albuquerque because the child kicked her, authorities said.

    The explanation came after Southwest Airlines flight attendant Beverly McCurley reported taking the child from the mother during Monday's flight after seeing the child slapped on the face and hearing passengers complain.

    The incident has sparked an online debate about when onlookers should intervene in child discipline.

    McCurley also told authorities the child had a black eye.

    Both parents told aviation police the black eye came from a dog bite a few days earlier. The mother said an uncle, who had medical training in the military, treated the injury.

    Aviation police officer Dana Baldwin said in a written report the mother demonstrated the amount of force she used by lightly hitting the officer's arm with an open hand. The officers did not ask where she slapped the child.

    The baby was checked out by paramedics at Albuquerque airport, a scheduled stop on the flight to Seattle.

    The names of the parents were withheld because they were not arrested or charged. The family boarded another flight to continue the trip.

    Brad Hawkins, a spokesman for Southwest Airlines, could not provide details about specific training given to flight attendants to deal with such situations. However, he said they were "empowered to simply do the right thing and to maintain the security and
    the comfort of all of customers onboard."

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    Southwest flight attendant takes baby seen slapped by mom - LA Daily News
     
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    I bet she doesn't have kids.
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0GW0Vnr9Yc&feature=related]YouTube - Airplane panic attack[/ame]
     
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    i have never seen a 13 month old that quits crying cause you slap it....or a kick by a 13 month old that warrented this reaction.
     
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    All children that age act up once the plane takes off. The change in air pressure hurts their ears. Slapping a baby will not sove the problem.

    Southwest is responsible for the safety of its passengers and maintaining calm. They acted appropriately
     
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    Child protective services should have been called
     
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    She was absolutely right. You better believe that I'd intervene if I saw a child being abused - everybody should.
     
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    you would have to wonder about the black eye after seeing the woman slap the wee one in public
     
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    That bitch would have been dead before she got one row away from me if I would have corrected my child with a slap or spank....
     
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    You'd slap a one year-old child for fussing on an airplane? :eusa_eh:
     

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