A Connecticut jury on Tuesday 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 jumped into her arms at his 8th-birthday party, so she sued in Bridgeport Superior Court for $127,000.
“I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen I love you,’ and there he was flying at me.”
She says when the child jumped she tumbled to the ground as she tried to catch him, and claims the fall to the ground broke her wrist. She didn’t complain at the time, “It was his birthday party and I didn’t want to upset him,” she told the jury.
The Connecticut Post reports that the six-member jury found that the boy was not liable. The newspaper reported that she ignored shouted requests for comment as she passed reporters outside the courthouse.
The boy’s mother passed away last year.
The 54-year-old Connell testified she loves her nephew but thinks he should be held accountable for the effects to her life.
“I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate,” she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this article