Aunt Sues 12-Year-Old Nephew Over Exuberant Hug

Oct 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm |
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This 12-Year-Old Westport Boy Hugged His Aunt, and Now She’s Suing

Jennifer Connell

Source: Facebook/Jennifer Connell

The 54-year-old human resources manager Jennifer Connell from Manhattan is taking her own nephew to court after she claims he jumped too exuberantly into her arms while welcoming her to his 8th birthday party, ending in a tumble and Jennifer’s broken wrist.


Connell is suing based on the belief that her nephew, Sean Tarala, who’s now 12, but was 8 at the time of the incident, should have “known better” than to jump into her arms so aggressively. Jennifer is attempting to get $127,000 from her nephew who she described to the CT Post as being both “very loving” and “sensitive” towards her, but she also believes that he should be held accountable for his actions.

Young Sean seemed confused when he showed up to the courthouse on Friday to make an appearance before the judge with his father Michael Tarala. Sean’s mother passed away last year.

Allegedly Sean had received a two wheeler for his 8th birthday and was riding around on his new bike when Connell arrived at the party. The boy quickly dropped the bike and went in for a hug shouting, “Auntie Jen, Auntie Jen.”

“All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him and we tumbled onto the ground,” says about the encounter with her nephew. “I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen I love you,’ and there he was flying at me.”

Connell decided not to make a huge deal out of the tumble at the event as not to ruin the 8-year-old’s birthday party, but later when she realized how difficult her injury made it for her to get around Manhattan, the lawsuit seemed like the proper course of action.

“I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walk-up so it has been very difficult,” she said. “And we all know how crowded it is in Manhattan.”

But getting around isn’t the only problem she’s suffered, the injury has had disastrous effects on Connell’s social life.

“I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate.”


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She wants $127,000. How is this possible?