Flight Attendant Takes Away a Couple's Crying Baby -- Would You?

Every mom has had to deal with a child's tantrum. And when it happens in a public place, that's when our patience and self-control are truly tested. On a recent Southwest flight from Dallas to Albuquerque, N.M., a couple failed that test -- and they had the flight crew to answer to.

According to news reports, passengers witnessed the unnamed couple arguing about their crying 13-month-old and the mother slapping the child. (She later admitted to it, says the Associated Press). In response, flight attendant Beverly McCurley stepped in, asking to hold the baby in the aisle and bounce her. After the flight, the couple was questioned by police, and the baby was checked by paramedics and returned to her parents.

Most of us have witnessed parenting at its worst, but bystanders intervening seems rare. It's no wonder our message boards have been buzzing about this. Here's what a few community members had to say:

"I don't even spank my 2-year-old, even though she's definitely tested my willpower more than a few times! But thinking of her at 1? I could never even think about slapping her in the face! They're so tiny and helpless... That flight crew is awesome." -- discoheaven

"Heartbreaking... if this couple behaves this way openly, what they do behind closed doors may be way worse." -- peripheral_running

"The flight attendant handled it well, in my opinion. [Now if only] I could get the flight attendants to take my baby off my hands for a whole flight!" --  ukmom40

"If the mother's logic is to hit her child to get the child to stop crying, maybe the flight attendant could have hit the mother over the head with a full, unopened can of soda to see if that helped the mother calm down." -- harmony08

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