Man Slaps Crying Baby: Attacker Suffering From Child Fearing Phobia? [REPORT]

By Megan Schaefer on February 16, 2013 1:32 PM EST

A man has been accused of slapping a crying baby while on an airplane. Now, if you've been on a plane you've most likely experienced the roars of young children and the incredible force behind their legs when the kick into the back of your chair but what could Jessica Bennett's toddler possibly have done to deserve such a horrifying event?

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Bennet, 33, was traveling on the Delta flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta with her son Jonah perched upon her lap. The 19-month-old baby began getting upset when the altitude changed, which resulted in tears and vocalization of how frightened he was.

Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, was seated next to mother and baby where he evidently became more upset than the fussy toddler. The man allegedly screamed racial slurs at Bennet before slapping the baby.

Passengers on the flight tried to assist Bennet and her baby after witnessing the horrific action of Hundley.

The Idaho man has been charged with assaulting a minor and could face up to one year in prison according to court documents. However, we wonder what could upset someone to the point of physically lashing out on a baby?

Pedophobia is defined as the irrational fear of children. This phobia is classified as an anxiety disorder, which is simply defined as mental disorder. Fear is an innate human emotion and could be characterized by feelings of terror, anxiety, sweating, nervousness and in Hundley's case a response of flight or fight.

Children do no deem as a physical threat but some causes of pedophobia could be triggered by past experiences, environmental stressors or just chemical imbalances in the brain.

A support group explains Pedophobia causation:

"Environmental stressors can have an effect in the way in which the brain processes information studies show, possibly affecting the balance of chemicals in the brain that control a person's mood. These chemicals referred to as neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers of the brain. Persons suffering from Pedophobia also seem to be oversensitive to external stimuli. This oversensitivity seems to be genetically transmitted and therefore biologically innate."

Could Hundley be classified as a person suffering from Pedophobia? Or is he just a man with an indelibly dangerous temper? Comment below and tell us what you think.

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