[UPDATE BELOW] A 54-year-old Manhattan woman, Jennifer Connell, is suing her now 12-year-old nephew for an injury he accidentally inflicted years ago. When the boy was just 8 years old, he lovingly leapt into his aunt's arms when she arrived at his birthday party, a show of affection that injured her wrist. Connell, who lives on the Upper East Side, is now seeking $127,000 in damages, and just testified at Connecticut Superior Court. The sole defendant in the case is the child, who hails from tony Westport, CT.
The CT Post reports that the boy’s mother died last year.
According to the Daily News, she told the court, “I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walkup so it has been very difficult. And we all know how crowded it is in Manhattan." And in addition to the hardship New York City's urban density has inflicted on her injured wrist, Connell testified, "I was at a party recently and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvres plate."
The lawsuit states that “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."
Connell explained the "forceful greeting" as the boy running towards her and jumping in the air so she could catch him, which caused them both to tumble to the ground. “I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen I love you,’" Connell recalled.
Update:The Daily News reports that "a Connecticut jury needed just 25 minutes Tuesday to decide against" Connell. The boy's lawyer stated that the only thing he was guilty of was “trying to give his aunt a hug on his birthday.”