Sometimes a story comes along that is so absurd it seems unbelievable. This is one of those stories.
Jennifer Connell is suing her now 12-year nephew, Sean Tarala of Westport, for an incident that happened when he was 8 years old. Let that sink in. An aunt is suing her nephew. Her 12-year-old nephew. For something he did when he was 8. What egregious offense did Sean commit? He loved his “Auntie Jen” too much.
Connell says that she went to Sean’s 8th birthday party and when she arrived Sean greeted her in an overzealous and unsafe manner which resulted in a wrist injury. See, Sean was on his brand new bike when Auntie Jen arrived but when he spotted her he jumped off the bike and sprinted towards her screaming “Auntie Jen, Auntie Jen.” Let’s allow Jen to describe the rest.
“All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him and we tumbled onto the ground,” Connell testified of her encounter with the 50-pound boy. “I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen I love you,’ and there he was flying at me.”
Connell claims she broke her wrist in the ensuing fall and claims Sean’s actions were unreasonable and he should be held responsible. To the tune of $127k. This “adult” wants a a six-member Superior Court jury to find a then 8-year-old boy responsible for her inability to keep her balance and for having the audacity to have feelings of love towards his monster of an aunt.
With Halloween around the corner I want you to cower to the new face of evil.
Let me add that Sean’s mother died last year. This may not seem like a factor that has any bearing on this story but I am going to speculate that there might be money that wasn’t previously available that Auntie Jen is trying to get her hands on.
To be fair to Auntie Jen let me detail her side of the story. She claims that the injury caused her undue hardship. In her words…
“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.”
“I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate,” she said.
And as stated in the lawsuit:
“The injuries, losses and harms to the plaintiff were caused by the negligence and carelessness of the minor defendant in that a reasonable eight years 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,” the lawsuit claims.
Does your jaw hurt from hitting the floor? It is an indictment of our legal system that this silly case has gotten this far. Hopefully that panel tells Auntie Jen to get bent and deal with being a miserable almost human being.