NEW YORK –- A 54-year-old woman was pilloried online on Tuesday for suing her nephew who accidentally broke her wrist. Jennifer Connell, a human resources manager from New York, filed an action against the 12-year-old, who gave her a hug that led to a fall.
The “unreasonable” action happened four years ago at the eighth birthday party of Connell's nephew, Sean Tarala.
Giving evidence to a jury on Friday, Connell said: "All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him and we tumbled onto the ground. I remember him shouting, 'Auntie Jen I love you,' and there he was flying at me."
Connell is now seeking $127,000 in damages, with Tarala the sole defendant identified in the lawsuit. Connell said she did not make a complaint earlier as she did not want to upset him.
According to the complainant, the broken wrist has impaired her ability to eat food, especially at social gatherings. "I was at a party recently," she told the jury. "And it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate."
Tarala’s mother died last year. The little boy was accompanied to court on Friday by his father.
The entire internet wishing Jennifer Connell had broken her neck instead of her wrist. Shameless money grabbing wretch.— Stretch (@StretchyStace) October 13, 2015
@StretchyStace has that woman completely lost her mind? 4 years later when mum dies. How very convenient— Mui Thomas (@mui_thomas) October 13, 2015
Y'know eating hors d'oeuvres is a serious matter; clearly he'll move onto murder if she doesn't set him straight— Louise Steggals (@LouLAMarathon) October 13, 2015
Women sues her orphaned nephew for hugging her too tight. Pretty much the worst person ever. #JenniferConnell— Ross Chmiel (@ross_chmiel) October 13, 2015
#jenniferconnell I would imagine you won't have to worry about discomfort holding your hors d'oeuvres plate at many more parties after this.— The Dooliverse (@TheDooliverse) October 13, 2015
Jennifer Connell, you're worse than Skreli and the lion killer combined. Congrats, you've guaranteed yourself a week of public mockery!— lets get bradical (@brad_schwartz) October 13, 2015
#jenniferconnell has to be the worst human being on earth. Such a disgusting thing to do to your nephew who clearly loved you. Poor kid— Ms.Rose'Se (@msrosese) October 13, 2015