Jennifer Connell: Sues Nephew, Loses

Published: October 14, 2015

Jennifer Connell: Sues Nephew, Loses, A woman who tried to sue her 12-year-old nephew for breaking her wrist when she hugged him has lost her case.

A jury threw out Jennifer Connell’s case after she claimed he had acted unreasonably four years earlier on his 8th birthday by jumping into her arms.

She fell over and broke her wrist so tried to sue him for $127,000 (£83,000).

A juror later told the Connecticut Post ‘we just didn’t think the boy was negligent’.

Despite saying she loved her nephew, Connell said she thought he should be held accountable for his actions.

She said when the boy, whose mother died last year, jumped she tumbled to the ground as she tried to catch him.

‘I remember him shouting, “Auntie Jen I love you,” and there he was flying at me,’ she testified.

Connell argued that her injuries severely disrupted her life in Manhattan. She told jurors last week that she was at a party recently, and ‘it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate,’ the Post reported.

Her lawsuit said: ‘The injuries, losses and harms to the plaintiff were caused by the negligence and carelessness of the minor defendant in that a reasonable 8-year-old under those circumstances would know or should have known that a forceful greeting such as the one delivered by the defendant to the plaintiff could cause the harms and losses suffered by the plaintiff.’

The boy, the only defendant, appeared in court with his father, Michael Tarala.


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