Aunt sues young nephew over ‘forceful’ birthday greeting, loses

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BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut — Medical costs. Lost wages. Pain and mental anguish.

That’s what a woman says she suffered when her then 8-year-old nephew knocked her to the ground in what was described in a complaint as a “forceful greeting.”

Jennifer Connell filed a lawsuit against the boy seeking $127,000 in damages, CNN affiliate WFSB reported.

It said that jurors took about 40 minutes to deliberate Tuesday before deciding in the child’s favor.

Video showed Connell leaving court in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She did not talk to reporters.

According to the complaint, which was posted by WFSB, the incident happened at the boy’s birthday party in 2011.

“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 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,” it read.

The complaint states that Connell suffered an injury to her left arm, including a fracture, requiring surgery.

“As a further result of the incident, the plaintiff’s ability to pursue and enjoy life’s activities has been reduced,” it read.


  • Fred

    This is great news. I feared if this loser won the case it would set precedence for any money grubbing scum bag to fake an injury when a kid wants a hug. LOL – now she doesn’t get the money and hopefully she’s banned from attending all family functions!!

    • Dr Benway

      The woman was looking for the insurance co. to pay the claim because of course a kid doesn’t have $127k. Perhaps she was injured and the homeowner policy would have covered liability for injuries on the premises. What I’m wondering about is why the insurance carrier didn’t settle this as they always do.

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