A woman sued her 12-year-old nephew in Connecticut for $127,000 for injuries she says she suffered from his exuberant greeting at his birthday party four years ago. She lost.
New York City resident Jennifer Connell said the Westport boy acted unreasonably when he leaped into her arms at his eighth-birthday party.
She says he caused her to fall to the ground and break her wrist. She asked a six-member Superior Court jury to find the boy liable.
CBS New York reports that Connell testified before a jury that when the child jumped, she tumbled to the ground as she tried to catch him.
The 54-year-old Connell testified she loves her nephew but thinks he should be held accountable.
Connell said she has a hard time walking up to her third-floor walkup apartment in Manhattan and her social life has been affected as well.
"I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d'oeuvre plate," she said.
Connell admitted in court that she did not complain about the injury at the time, but did mention the injury made life tough over the next two years.
The jurors weren't buying it. They deliberated for about 40 minutes Tuesday afternoon before ruling in favor of th little boy.
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