Aunt who sued nephew for $127K over birthday hug gets nothing

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut jury has rejected a woman’s bid to sue her 12-year-old nephew for injuries she says she suffered from his exuberant greeting at his birthday party four years ago.

New York City resident Jennifer Connell claimed the Westport boy acted unreasonably when he leaped into her arms at his 8th-birthday party. She sued in Bridgeport Superior Court for $127,000.

The Connecticut Post reports that the six-member jury found Tuesday that the boy was not liable.

The 54-year-old Connell had argued the boy caused her to fall to the ground and break her wrist. She testified she loves her nephew but thinks he should be held accountable.

She said when the child jumped she tumbled to the ground as she tried to catch him.

A listed phone number couldn’t be found for the youngster’s father.

“From the start, this was a case was about one thing: getting medical bills paid by homeowner’s insurance. Our client was never looking for money from her nephew or his family. It was about the insurance industry and being forced to sue to get medical bills paid. She suffered a horrific injury. She had two surgeries and is potentially facing a third. Prior to the trial, the insurance company offered her one dollar. Unfortunately, due to Connecticut law, the homeowner’s insurance company could not be identified as the defendant,” the law firm representing Connell, Jainchill and Beckert, told NBC Connecticut in a statement Tuesday.

NBC Connecticut contributed to this article.

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