Flight Attendant Takes Baby After Mother Slaps Child

A Southwest Airlines flight attendant took a baby from her parents after the mother slapped her child.   It happened on a flight from Dallas to Albuquerque.  The flight attendant says she acted after seeing the mother slap the 13-month old girl and passengers complained.   An Albuquerque airport spokesman says paramedics checked the baby and police returned the toddler to her parents–who were not cited.
Airport police say the attendant’s decision to hold the child neutralized the situation on the Monday flight.

  • Ron

    I applaud the flight attendant’s actions! A 13-month old need the parents to protect them because they can’t fend for themselves – not be slapped. I think child services should have been called to investigate.

  • Bailey

    The kid probably wouldn’t mind and got a swat across the mouth. My mother did it to me as a child and I turned out great — great education, great career, and have respect and know my place. So the media probably took a mere deserved punishment, dramatized it, called it a slap, probably made it sound like the mother swung at the kid, and now it’s in the news.

  • Jane

    A 13 month old is still a baby. No baby should ever be struck – especially “popped” in the face. I would highly doubt the black eye was from a dog bite. Dog bites usually have teeth marks. The mother should be glad I was not on her flight. She might have a black eye and I might be in jail! I wish there could have been more done, this is obviously a case of abuse and the abuse will continue.

  • calven

    Flight attendants have no business becoming their own police force. That is not their job! Those parents should sue Southwest airllines.

  • Sarah

    Surely someone called CPS. Slapping, popping, or swatting the face of a 1 year old is ridiculous, and abuse in my opinion. If the parents do this to their child in public, what do you think goes on at home? Pretty sad.

  • Jay

    Is this really what happened? I understood that the child was crying and the Flight Attendant offered to help soothe the child.

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