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Agony Aunt | “I Love You, But You Owe Me $127,000” Aunt Sues Nephew, 12, Who Accidentally Broke Her Wrist At His 8th Birthday Party & Loses

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Jennifer Connell, 54, sued her then 8-year-old nephew for accidentally breaking her arm at his party

 

A New York woman is suing her 12-year-old nephew who accidentally broke her wrist while greeting her at his eighth birthday party.

Jennifer Connell is seeking damages of $127,000 from Sean Tarala, now 12, of Westport, Connecticut.

Sean was riding his first two-wheeler bicycle, at his party on the 18th March, 2011. But when he spotted Jennifer, he dropped the new bicycle on the ground, exclaiming, “Auntie Jen, Auntie Jen,” the youngster jumped into her arms with excitement.

“All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him and we tumbled onto the ground. I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen I love you,’ and there he was flying at me,” Jennifer testified about her encounter with the 50-pound boy.

Sean looked confused as he sat in the Superior Court in Bridgeport alongside his father Michael. His mother Lisa Tarala died last year.

Although hurt, Connell said, she didn’t complain to the boy at the time.

It was his birthday party, and I didn’t want to upset him. I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walk-up so it has been very difficult,” she said. “And we all know how crowded it is in Manhattan.” Jennifer testified of her encounter with the 50-pound boy.

And then there is the damage the injury has done to Connell’s social life.

“I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate,” she 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 lawsuit claimed.

However, she said the injury had had a massive impact on her life.

She said: “I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walk-up so it has been very difficult. And we all know how crowded it is in Manhattan. I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate.”

According to court documents: “The injuries, losses and harms to the plaintiff were caused by the negligence and carelessness of the minor defendant in that a reasonable eight 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.”

Update: A six-member Superior Court jury found that the boy, Sean Tarala of Westport, was not liable for his actions and awards Jennfer Connell no money. Jennifer showed no emotion as the verdict was announced but later pleaded with judicial marshals to escort her to her car through a throng of media waiting outside the Main Street courthouse.

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Source: Connecticut Post, Daily Mail




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