A Manhattan woman is being called the “Aunt from Hell” and the “Auntie-Christ” after she sued her 12-year-old nephew for breaking her wrist when he hugged her.
Jennifer Connell had arrived at her nephew's birthday party in Westport, Connecticut. That's when the little boy, Sean Tarala, then eight, leaped into her arms, saying "Auntie Jen, I love you."
“She falls backwards and falls on her wrist, breaking it. She was suing for more than $127,000 worth of damages,” New York Daily News reporter Chelsia Rose Marcius told INSIDE EDITION.
That was four years ago but Connell’s wrist was still wrapped in a brace as she left court on Tuesday.
Connell claimed she still suffers from the break, saying on the stand that her injury was so bad she had difficulty holding a plate of hors d'oeuvres at a recent party.
The jurors apparently didn't appreciate the fact that an aunt was suing her little nephew, who lives in an Upper East Side walkup. It took them just 25 minutes to reach a verdict and send Aunt Jenny home without a penny.
“We just couldn’t find him, you know, liable for what happened," one juror told reporters as she left court.
The juror was asked: “Was it an easy decision for you guys?”
“No, it wasn't,” she replied.
The little boy, now 12 years old, looked perplexed when he sat in court.
To compound the family drama, Sean's mother, Lisa, passed away suddenly just a year ago.
The drama continued as the aunt, who insisted she loved her nephew, was driven away from court.
"Our client was very reluctant to pursue this case, but in the end she had no choice but to sue the minor defendant directly to get her bills paid... Her hand was forced by the insurance company," Connell's attorney said.