New York: Jennifer Connell sues 12-year-old nephew over birthday hug that broke her wrist in 2011
To New York, where Jennifer Connell says when her nephew “acted unreasonably” when he leapt into her arms when she arrived at his 8th birthday party in 2011. She’s suing him.
The Westport News says Connell is seeking $127,000 in damages from the boy, whose mother died last year.
The boy had gotten his first two-wheeler for his birthday, and was joyfully riding the bright-red bike around and around the home, according to testimony.
But when he spotted Connell, he dropped the new bicycle on the ground, exclaiming, “Auntie Jen, Auntie Jen.” “All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him and we tumbled onto the ground,” Connell testified of her encounter with the 50-pound boy. “I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen I love you,’ and there he was flying at me.”
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,” she told the jury.
Connell says life has been “very difficult” since the injury because of “how crowded it is in Manhattan”. She apparently said:
“I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate.”
This has to be a spoof, right?
Update: The New York Daily News says the case was thrown out.