A New York City woman's lawsuit against her loving 12-year-old nephew has been dismissed.
A Connecticut jury declined to move forward with the case filed by a New York City woman seeking damages from her 12-year-old nephew, who allegedly injured her wrist while greeting her at his eighth birthday party. According to a report from CBC, Jennifer Connell was denied damages of $127,000 for the injuries she sustained during the hug.
It didn’t take long for the jury to reach their decision not to move forward with a lawsuit against a 12-year-old kid. They met for less than 30 minutes before deciding that the boy was not liable.
Connell, age 54, testified that her nephew was “loving and sensitive,” yet acted negligently when he leapt into her arms as she arrived at his birthday party. The hugging pair fell to the ground, breaking Connell’s wrist in the process. Connell, a human resources manager, asserted that her nephew should be held accountable.
Connell testified to the jury that her wrist injury has made it difficult to walk up the stairs in her apartment building in New York City, and has also negatively affected her social life.
“The injuries, losses and harm 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 known that a forceful greeting such as the one delivered by the defendant could cause the harms and losses suffered by the plaintiff,” her lawsuit read.
The young boy lost his mother last year, and his father was unavailable for comment.