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Aunt sues 12-year-old nephew for $127K after excitable hug

The Manhattan woman said she suffered a wrist injury after her then 8-year-old nephew hugged her at his birthday party four years ago.
Jennifer Connell is suing her 12-year-old nephew for hugging and allegedly injuring hJennifer Connell via Facebook

A New York woman is suing her 12-year-old nephew for a wrist injury she allegedly sustained when he gave her a big hug at his 8th birthday party. The price tag for the exuberant embrace —$127,000.

The Connecticut Post reports that Jennifer Connell saidin court Fridaythat her nephew, whose mother died last year, leapt into her arms causing her to fall to the ground. The boy, Sean Tarala, was reportedly in court Friday, as he is the only defendant in the case.

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“All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him, and we tumbled onto the ground,” Connell testified, according to the Post. “I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen, I love you!’ And there he was flying at me.”

The boy looked "confused" in court Friday as Connell gave testimony, the Post reported.

Connell, who has no kids of her own, recounted her struggles in court, saying“I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walk-up so it has been very difficult,” she said, according to the Post. “And we all know how crowded it is in Manhattan.”

And in testimonythat sounds like it came straight from The Onion, Connell claims the injury has wreaked havoc on her cosmopolitansocial life.

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

In the end, the Connecticut jury sided against 54-year-old Connell, the Washington Post reported. The jury took 25 minutes to deliberate. Connell reportedly said nothing to reporters as she left the courthouse.

 

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