Great job to the flight attendant here. The New Mexico police
wasted no time coming out to defend her actions. From the New York
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
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.