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Woman sues 12-year-old nephew for "forceful" hug that broke her wrist

She was demanding $127,000 for injuries that made it “difficult to hold [her] hors d’oeuvre plate.”

A WOMAN IN the US state of Connecticut has failed in a bid to sue her 12-year-old nephew for injuries she says she suffered from his exuberant hug at a birthday party four years ago.

Jennifer Connell, who lives in New York City, claimed her nephew Sean Talara acted unreasonably when he leaped into her arms – at his 8th birthday party in 2011.

She sued him for $127,000 at the Superior Court in the town of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

This afternoon, however, a six-person jury unanimously ruled against her, court documents show.

The 54-year-old Connell had argued the boy’s “forceful greeting” caused her to fall to the ground and break her wrist.

She testified she loves her nephew but thinks he should be held accountable.

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According to the Connecticut Post, she testified that Sean had shouted “I love you” as he jumped on her.

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

Her injuries, she argued, were such that she had trouble at a recent social gathering.

I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate.

Contains reporting by the Associated Press

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