ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - There were tense moments on a Southwest jet from Dallas, Texasto Albuquerque, New Mexico on Monday after a mother slapped hercrying baby during the flight, according to witnesses.
A Southwest flight attendant took away the 1-year-old from itsparents after witnessing the slap. Police were waiting at the gateat the Albuquerque International Sunport when the flight arrived around 4:30 p.m.
“I think it was a solid move [on] the part of the flightattendant to take custody of the child,” said AlbuquerqueInternational Sunport police chief Marshall Katz. “Itneutralized the situation. It calmed everybody down.”
The flight attendant did return the child to its parents beforethe plane landed. Police then took the child into their custody atthe gate and performed a welfare check. After police questioned thecouple, the flight attendant and other witnesses, the child wasreturned the parents. The parents were not cited for theincident.
“We felt it was an isolated incident,” saidKatz.
Southwest Airlines would not comment on the incident.
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