Jurors rule against woman who sued nephew for breaking her wrist during hug

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A Manhattan woman that sued her own nephew after the 8-year-old's hug allegedly caused her to fall and break her wrist, will receive nothing from the lawsuit, according to the judge's ruling.

The New York Daily News reports jurors at the Superior Court in Bridgeport, Conn., took 25 minutes to decide that Jennifer Connell shouldn't receive a penny from her nephew.

Jennifer Connell testified against Sean Tarala, who is now 12 years old, on Friday in Westport court.  Tarala, accompanied by his father, Michael Tarala, appeared confused during a hearing Friday, according to the Connecticut Post.  The boy's mother, Lisa Tarala died last year.

Connell, a 54-year-old human resources manager, claims Tarala, of Westport, was negligent and careless, and sued her young relative for a six-figure sum.

The hug happened March 18, 2011 when Connell showed up at the Taralas' Westport home for the boy's birthday.  Sean was riding his new red bike when he noticed his aunt, and came running, shouting, "Auntie Jen, Auntie Jen," according to court records.

Connell's 50-pound nephew jumped into her arms, sending the two tumbling to the ground, she testified.  At the time, Connell said, she was injured but "it was his birthday party and I didn't want to upset him," according to the paper.

Connell, who doesn't have children, said her life in a third-floor Manhattan walk-up has been "very difficult" since that day.

Her social life has taken a serious hit as well.

"I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d'oeuvre plate," Connell said.

Connell sued her nephew for $127,000, claiming "a reasonable eight years(sic) old under those circumstances would know or should have known 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."

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