MELBOURNE, March 6 (UPI) -- A flight attendant has been fired for allegedly putting a toddler in a closed overhead bin, the Australian airline Virgin Blue says.
Natalie Williamson told the Sunday Herald Sun of Melbourne the male attendant put her 17-month-old son, Riley, in the locker and closed the latch during a flight from Fiji to Sydney in December.
Virgin said the flight attendant joined in a game of peek-a-boo the boy's father, Shayne, was playing with Riley. During the game, the flight attendant allegedly picked the child up, put him in the locker and closed the door, the report said.
"We conducted a thorough investigation of the incident and the staff member involved was subsequently terminated," a spokeswoman said.
The airline also offered Natalie Williamson three free flights, but she said she is too traumatized to take them.
"I was absolutely devastated," she said. "I was crying. My husband was in shock. For days on end I was crying."
Williamson said Riley is now suffering from anxiety and withdrawal.
"He won't leave my sight now. He sleeps with me. If I'm not in the same room as him, he will scream and yell 'Mum, mum, mum.'" she said.