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Police: 'Solid Move' for Flight Attendant to Take Child Away From Angry Mom

Police: 'Solid Move' for Flight Attendant to Take Child Away From Angry Mom

Associated Press

Associated Press

August 18, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A flight attendant broke up a family feud on Monday, removing a baby from her parents after the mother slapped the child onboard a flight.

Beverly McCurley, a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, told police she got involved when passengers complained a mother on the plane was hitting her 13-month-old daughter in the face to stop her from crying, The Associated Press reports.

McCurley found the baby’s parents fighting furiously, and saw the mother, Lee Ann Cid, “strike the child with an open hand on the face,” according to ABC News.

“The mother appeared agitated with the child,” reads the police report. “The husband continued to yell at his wife to shut up due to her screaming at the child.”

When the plane landed in Albuquerque, paramedics checked the baby while Lee Ann and her husband Joseph met with aviation police.

The police also interviewed McCurley and some of the passengers who witnessed the scene.

After determining the mother’s behavior appeared to be an isolated case, the police returned the baby to the parents, who did not receive a citation and were allowed to continue to their final destination.

The child did have a black eye, ABC reports, but the Cids told police it was caused by an uncle’s dog.

Whitney Eichinger, a representative for Southwest Airlines, confirmed that an incident had taken place on the flight, but denied that McCurley had taken custody of the child in flight.

“What you read about the flight attendant taking the baby is not the case. She did it as a ‘Would you like me to bounce your baby for you?’” Eichinger told ABC.

“The family on board was having an altercation and their young child was upset. Our flight attendant offered to the parent — offered to hold the child on board. Our attendants do that from time to time just to soothe the crying babies because they are used to walking up and down the aisles.”

Police disagreed, telling ABC that McCurley took the baby to remove her from harm’s way.

“I think it was a solid move from the part of the flight attendant to take custody of the child,” airport police chief Marshall Katz said. “It neutralized the situation, it calmed everybody down.”

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    This is what passes for parenting?! I hate to think what happens out of the public view. Oh yeah, and gramps - what world do you live in?! It's not this one! The FA did the right thing - get the child away from the situation. Move the parents so mom hitting her child doesn't bother anyone? Yah, right. What if the plane was fully booked? The parents say "the dog did it." Right. Let's pretend we buy that. I have a feeling these two slipped into the gene pool while the lifeguard wasn't looking...

  • Image_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Poor excuse for parents!!
    gramps: You're wrong! The flight attendant did what she should have done and that was to take the child out of harms way!!

  • P1010076_max50


    about 4 years ago


    The dog? Mhm.

  • Littlegirltongue_max50


    about 4 years ago


    oh great so the baby is already distressed and crying - so let's smack it in the face - oh yeah that will soothe and quiet it. hmmm good job by the flight attendant - either by offering to take the baby so the mother could calm down or by removing the baby from a potentially dangerous situation. And the fact that the child already has a black eye - hard not to jump to conclusions but for their benefit and the child's well being - I still wish that protective services would continue to monitor the child's welfare.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    The flight attendant should have been arrested for kidnapping because she took the baby away from her mother and when the plane landed the baby was given back to her mom and NO charges were filed. The attendant should have moved the parents and crying baby to another seat away from complaining passengers, that way no one is bothered any more. When the plane landed and the airport police investigated the incident they found nothing more needed to be charged to the mom for slapping her 13 month child. Now slapping a 13 month child is going a bit too far but she should be turned into Child Protective Services where ever the mom landed that way she can be watched very close. Let them make the decision as to what to do to the mom.

  • Kimber_ultra_cdp_max50


    about 4 years ago


    In an airplane, whose the "commander" ? The pilot. If s/he deems something needs to be done s/he will tell his/her crew to take care of the situation. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Some people think that since they are in the "air" the laws on the ground don't apply. That's bogus ! Keep your eyes OPEN for terrorist to use this "trick" as a diversionary tactic in the future !

  • 45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I don't buy the story of the child having a black eye caused by the dog! I'm afraid that this child is in danger. Someone needs to call DFACS on the mother, possibly the father. I pray I don't hear about this child in near future news of being murdered.

  • Mountain_lion_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Hooray for the flight attendant. I guess domestic violence and child endangerment laws do not apply to aircraft. Federal laws of causing a disruption on a flight must not exist. I hope someone got it on camera and puts it on the web. It could be used in a parenting class.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 4 years ago


    One would wonder how they treat their kids when they are not in public.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    My 'gut feeling' about Southwest making the statement they did afterward is that they're covering their collective butt so mother and/or father (I use 'mother' loosely) don't come after them in a lawsuit.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Good for her, either way. I'd be very concerned for this baby, however. "Uncle's dog" gave the little one a black eye...people who have so little self-control and/or -respect, would be my last choice as safe caretakers. This incident should be a very big red flag for 'someone' to check on this baby's welfare down the road.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    I commend the filght attendant for what she did, and the mother should have been charged with child endangerment,

  • 063_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Isolated incident??? B.S.!!! If the mother would stirke the child in the face on board an airplane in full public view, then she is more then likely doing worse at home. The mother should be charged and ordered into parenting classes. The flight attendant did the right thing removing the child from harms way. I pray the child will be safe.

  • Flags_and_stars_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Excellent job by the flight attendant!

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Good job to the flight attendant, Mom needs to be charged, What's up with that?

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