Aunt sues her 12-year-old nephew for $127K over a hug

This NYC Woman Is Suing Her 12-Year-Old Nephew
This NYC Woman Is Suing Her 12-Year-Old Nephew

UPDATE: A jury took just 25 minutes to decide against the aunt who tried to sue her preteen nephew for $127,000 over a hug she claims left her with a broken wrist.


An Upper East Side aunt may have just lost her place in the annual family newsletter after suing her 12-year-old nephew for breaking her wrist, according to the New York Daily News.

According to reports, Jennifer Connell, 54, claims a leaping welcome from her then-8-year-old nephew Sean Tarala left her with a broken wrist.

If that doesn't sound bad -- just wait.

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The Human Resources manager testified in court that even though the boy has always been "very loving, sensitive" towards her, she believes Sean should be held accountable for the injury, reported the

The incident reportedly occurred at the nephew's birthday party. Connell said that the boy was playing with his new two-wheeler when he spotted his aunt in the crowd of partygoers.

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The aunt told the jury she didn't let her injury be known at the time because "it was his birthday party and I didn't want to upset him."

Connell claims her life hasn't been the same since that fateful day.

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The injury has also taken a serious toll on her social life.

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The reported that Sean looked confused while sitting with his father in court on Friday. The 12-year-old is the only person named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states:

The injuries, losses and harms to the plaintiff were caused by the negligence and carelessness of the minor defendant in that a reasonable eight years 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.

In another strange lawsuit, a man in China sued an actor for staring a bit too intensely through the television set:

Actor Sued For Staring Through TV
Actor Sued For Staring Through TV

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