Yes, a complete and total asshole sued her own nephew for hugging her too hard. He accidentally broke her wrist when he jumped into her arms with glee. Also, he was eight when it happened four years ago, but 12 when he had to face his aunt in court this week.
Let’s rejoice that there’s some sense in this world: she lost.
54-year-old New Yorker, Jennifer Connell broke her wrist four years ago as a result of her 8-year-old nephew, Sean Tarala, jumping into her arms excitedly when she arrived at his birthday party. Connel recalled that he screamed, “Auntie Jen! Auntie Jen! I love you!” Then flew into her arms with enough force to topple them both to the ground. She says she didn’t say anything to the child at the party, because she didn’t want to upset him on his special day. How nice. So she waited until four years later, after his mother died, to realize she could no longer deal with the pain he’d caused. She needed retribution. She sued her own nephew.
Did I mention his mom died last year? Mkay. Just making sure.
She claims she was forced to sue because of the difficulties the broken wrist has spurred in her life. For example, it’s been increasingly hard for her to get up to her third floor walk-up on the Upper East Side. Makes sense. A four-year-old fracture would make that tough. Oh, also – there’s this: “I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate,” Connell said, according to the news account. The Washington Post reports her nephew Tarala “sat in court looking a little confused.”
On the stand Connell testified that she loves her nephew, but thinks he needs to be held accountable for his actions – to the tune of $127,000. “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 claims, according to the Connecticut Post.
It only took 40 minutes for a Connecticut jury to dismiss Connell’s six-figure lawsuit. Shame on the lawyer that even took this case. It should’ve been thrown out immediately. Connell is definitely getting her due for suing her own nephew who’s just lived through the loss of his mother: public shaming is real and she’ll eternally be known as that asshole aunt who sued her own nephew.