Really? Manhattan Woman Sues 12-year-old Nephew for 'Unreasonable' Hug He Gave When He Was 8

A woman vying for the role of meanest aunt ever is suing her nephew for giving her an overzealous hug that injured her. He was eight at the time of the hug in question.


According to the Connecticut Post,  Jennifer Connell of Manhattan is claiming that her nephew, Sean Tarala of Westport, Connecticut acted unreasonably when she arrived at his eighth birthday party in 2011. He allegedly dropped his new bike, ran exuberantly towards her and "leaped into her arms, causing her to fall on the ground and break her wrist."

Now she is asking a jury to hold the boy accountable, to the tune of $127,000. That'll teach him!

According to the Post, Connell, then 54, arrived at the birthday party on a March morning four years ago, and before she knew it, her nephew was airborne.

“All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him and we tumbled onto the ground,” Connell reportedly testified. “I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen, I love you,’ and there he was flying at me.”

She said the injury has caused her major distress. 

“I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walk-up so it has been very difficult,” she said, according to the Post. “And we all know how crowded it is in Manhattan.”

It's also making it tough for her to socialize properly.

“I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate,” she reportedly testified.

Her lawsuit alleges that as an eight-year-old Tarala was old enough to know better.

Now 12, the defendant sat in the courtroom with his dad. His mom reportedly died last year. But at least he still has auntie dearest.

h/t: The Intelligencer

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