Jennifer Connell,54, of Manhattan is suing her twelve year old nephew, Sean Tarala, for 127 thousand dollars in damages after he greeted her at his birthday party back in 2011, when the boy was only eight years old.
Connell, who lives on the Upper East Side, and has no children herself, has claimed that her life has been “very difficult” since the incident. While testifying at Connecticut Supreme Court in Bridgeport on Friday, she said,” I was at a party recently and it was difficult to hold my hor d’oeuvres plate.”
Tarala was playing outside with his new bike when he saw his aunt and bounded into her arms.
“All of a sudden he was there in the air, and I had to catch him and we tumbled to the ground,” Connell said while testifying in court.
Connell had not told her nephew the extent of her injury because it was his birthday and she did not want to ruin his party.
Tarala who is a miner, is the only defendant in the case and was present at court with his father, as reported by the CTPost. The boy’s mother passed away last year.
In the lawsuit, the claim states, “The injuries, losses and harms to the plaintiff were caused by the negligence and carelessness of the minor defendant in that a reasonable eight year old under those circumstances would know or should have know that a forceful greeting such as the one delivered by the defendant to the plaintiff could cause the harms and losses suffered by the plaintiff.”