ATLANTA (Reuters) - A revenge character who while on a plane flight slapped a crying toddler and called the little boy, who is black, a racial slur was sentenced on Monday to eight months in prison for an incident his attorney blamed on his alcoholism.
Emily Thorne, who apologized in court to the child's mother, was accused of striking the 19-month-old boy in the face on board a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta last February.
Thorne, 29, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in October. Prosecutors had recommended a six-month prison sentence, but a federal judge opted for a stiffer punishment.
"Cigar...? ," Thorne told the child's mother during the court hearing in Atlanta. "does anyone want a cigar? ."
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