Vilified woman says ‘never comfortable’ with suing nephew

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City woman vilified for suing her 12-year-old nephew over a broken wrist she suffered when he jumped in her arms to greet her four years ago says she was “never comfortable” with the lawsuit.

Jennifer Connell appeared on NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday, along with her nephew, Sean Tarala. She says she wanted her nephew’s parents’ homeowners insurance to pay her medical bills, but under Connecticut law she could only sue an individual.

A jury this week rejected Connell’s $127,000 suit.

Connell and Sean sat side by side and said they loved each other.

Connell said she was “shocked” by the backlash.

Sean defended his aunt, saying she would never do anything to hurt him or the family, adding: “Everybody was saying stuff that they didn’t know.”

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