Jury Rules Against Aunt Suing 8-year-old Nephew Over ‘Reckless Birthday Hug’

Yes, at least one juror cringed at that dire testimony..

In just 20 minutes six Superior Court jurors to decided Connell, 54, deserved zero.

The lawsuit Cornell filed sought $127,000 in damages from Sean Tarala, now 12. He was the only defendant named. She got zero. Zero money. Zero sympathy from the jury. Zero sympathy from the media. And her life will go to a zero for having taken this to court in the first place…really? An 8 year old?

With media in the doorway of the Main Street courtroom seeking a comment, Connell begged an escort her to her car. Officers agreed.

On March 18, 2011, Connell, unmarried with no children, arrived at the Tarala home in Westport for the boy's birthday party.

The boy had gotten his first two-wheeler for his birthday and was riding the bright red bike around the home, according to testimony.

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.

But Connell continued that her life was turned upside down as a result of the injury. Her problems didn’t stop at hors d‘oeuvres.

Source: CT Post

“I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walk-up, so it has been very difficult,” she said. “And we all know how crowded it is in Manhattan.” Yes, a wrist injury makes it so tough to walk…



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