Jury: Child not liable for hug that injured aunt’s wrist

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — 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.

Connell told the Connecticut Post, her life was turned upside down as a result of the injury.

“I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walk-up so it has been very difficult,” she said. “And we all know how crowded it is in Manhattan.” She also claimed the injury damaged her social life.

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