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Southwest Airlines Attendant Takes Custody of Baby in Air

Southwest Airlines Attendant Takes Baby to Calm Parents

Tensions literally built in the air on a Southwest Airlines flight from Dallas to Albuquerque yesterday. A couple quarreled over their sobbing 13-month-old until attendant Beverly McCurley stepped in. According to one report:

McCurley further stated she walked to the rear of the aircraft and observed the mother of the child identified as Lee Ann Cid strike the child with an open hand on the face in an attempt to get the child to stop crying. McCurley further stated the mother appeared agitated with the child and that the husband continued to yell at his wife to shut up due to her screaming at the child.

Out of concern for the baby (who allegedly had a black eye the parents attributed to a dog), the flight attendant took the girl from her mother and walked to the back of the plane until her father came to the rear and lulled the babe to sleep. Have you ever helped defuse a tense familial situation in midair? Share your tips.

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I don't know what I would do in that sort of situation. There was a woman at the lake who was yelling at her kids and this other mom I was talking to said she saw the yelling-mom hit the littlest kid. The husband and a couple other adults were there with them and since none of them intervened, I didn't.
Moms Moms 7 years
This story startled/upset me as well, but I posted because I think sometimes a stranger (or fellow parent) can step in and help diffuse a situation much like lickety split's example.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
No But I was in the parking lot at target one day when a woman was struggling with her 3 little ones. They were crying and squirming and making it impossible for the mom to get them in the stroller (2 youngest) and achild about 4 was sassy talking. The mom was using a harsh voice and although I couldn't hear what was being said I knew what was going on. I went over and said I remembered how hard it was when all 3 are so little and need so much time and attention. Immediately the kids were distracted and the mom and I talked for a few minutes and then we said good bye. If I saw someone strike a baby I don't know what I'd do. Good there was someone not afraid to step in.
Livvy-P Livvy-P 7 years
I agree skigurl - thought that this was going to be a feel-good story! Good for that flight attendant for stepping in. Did they think that slapping a child on the face would make it STOP crying?? Where is the common sense?? I have to hope that this situation was a highly unusual one for that couple, and that the child really did get a black eye from a dog. So sad.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i was on an international flight earlier this year with a baby who just would not settle...and her mother was the only parent on board. luckily, the woman sitting in front of her held the baby so that the mother could eat, and even offered to attempt to stop her crying. the look of relief on the mother's face was priceless.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
Anonymous #2, where were you the first year of my baby's life? :D I would have been eternally grateful had anyone done that for me; there were many times that I was frustrated to the point of tears, crying right along with the baby. Good on that flight attendant. I hope we've just caught this family on a horrible day (because they do happen), and that the poor kid goes on to lead a happy and mellow life.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
holy crap. I thought this story was going to be a nice feel-good story about a good samaritan who offered to lull the baby to sleep so the parents could get some rest, but then it turns out the parents were abusive? I'm hoping the child is in custody???????????????? This family sounds like a bunch of winners - bruises aside, screaming at a one-year old, screaming at your wife? both in public, let alone a PLANE? whoa, wow.
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