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ATLANTA -- A trial set to begin Monday for the Idaho man accused of slapping a 19-month-old baby on a Delta plane in Atlanta has been postponed.

Joe Hundley's case will begin on Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m. in Atlanta Federal Court,

Hundley faces a charge of simple assault in the Feb. 8 incident. He is accused of slapping Jessica Bennett's son and calling him a racial slur when the boy began to cry as the plane descended.

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Hundley's attorney said that when the suspect boarded the flight in Minneapolis, he had just learned that his son was brain dead, and that he was emotionally distraught when he snapped at the child.

Hundley lost his job with AGC Aerospace and Defense after the incident.