“I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate,” the aunt testified.
A Connecticut jury sided against 54-year-old New Yorker Jennifer Connell after she sued her now-12-year old nephew for an incident several years ago in which he hugged her a little too hard, knocked her to the floor — and broke her wrist.
The then-8-year-old was pretty excited to see his aunt at his birthday party on March 18, 2011, according to the Connecticut Post. He had just gotten a two-wheel bike that day and was riding it around the home, the newspaper reported. He was so excited that he ran up to his aunt as soon as he saw her.
“Auntie Jen! Auntie Jen!” he exclaimed.
That’s when things got a little dangerous.
“All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him, and we tumbled onto the ground,” Connell testified, according to the Connecticut Post. “I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen, I love you!’ And there he was flying at me.”
All 50 pounds of him.
The jury, according to the Connecticut Post, didn’t take more than 25 minutes to make their decision Tuesday.
Her attorney William Beckert told the New York Daily News that his client’s nephew Sean Tarala “should have known better.”
“We have rules for children,” the lawyer continued. “He was not careful. He was unsafe.”
Her nephew, 12-year-old Sean Tarala, sat in court looking a little confused, the paper reported. He was accompanied by his father, Michael Tarala; his mother, Lisa Tarala, died last year.
Connell sought $127,000 from Sean for the harm she said she has suffered since he greeted her a little too enthusiastically.