Jury: Boy not liable for exuberant hello that injured aunt


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut jury has 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 leaped into her arms at his 8th-birthday party. She sued in Bridgeport Superior Court for $127,000.

The Connecticut Post reports that the six-member jury found Tuesday that the boy was not liable.

The 54-year-old Connell had argued the boy caused her to fall to the ground and break her wrist. She testified she loves her nephew but thinks he should be held accountable.

She said when the child jumped she tumbled to the ground as she tried to catch him.

In an statement released to News 8 following the ruling, Connell’s attorneys say “It’s important to understand that this was an issue of medical insurance litigation forced upon our client to get insurers to pay for necessary and significant surgical costs, is more fairly viewed on that basis rather than as a family matter, and we continue to believe she deserved the best possible legal representation.” – Jainchill & Beckert, LLC.

A listed phone number couldn’t be found for the youngster’s father.

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