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New York woman sues 11-year-old nephew over hug that broke her wrist

The Guardian logo The Guardian 13/10/2015 Nicky Woolf in New York
Jennifer Connell testified that the wrist injury had made her life ‘very difficult’ © Facebook Jennifer Connell testified that the wrist injury had made her life ‘very difficult’

A Manhattan human resources manager is suing her 11-year-old nephew for leaping into her arms when he welcomed her to his eighth birthday party.

The aunt, Jennifer Connell, claims her nephew acted unreasonably when his exuberant greeting caused her to fall and break her wrist, the Westport News reported from the courthouse on Monday.

She is seeking $127,000 in damages from the boy, whose mother died last year. Westport News also reported that the 11-year-old appeared confused as he sat in the courtroom with his father.

Connell reportedly testified that she loves her nephew, whom she described as always being “very loving, sensitive” toward her.

He had been riding his first two-wheeled bicycle – which was bright red, according to testimony – around his home when Connell arrived. When she did, he dropped it, saying: “Auntie Jen, Auntie Jen!”

“I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen, I love you,’ and there he was flying at me,” Connell reportedly testified.

Of the damage done, Connell testified that she did not complain at the time, but she said her life had been “very difficult” since the injury because of “how crowded it is in Manhattan”.

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

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