Sean Tarala was 8 years old when he jumped into Jennifer Connell's arms, causing her to fall and break her wrist

By Alex Heigl
Updated October 13, 2015 04:10 PM

Think twice before your next hug.

A 54-year-old human resources manager from New York City unsuccessfully attempted to sue her 12-year-old nephew for jumping into her arms at a 2011 birthday party – an act of exuberance that caused her to fall to the ground and break her wrist.

On Tuesday, a Bridgeport, Connecticut, jury rejected Jennifer Connell’s claim to $127,000 for injuries she says she sustained during the incident, according to the Connecticut Post.

Connell claimed her nephew, Sean Tarala of Bridgeport, leapt into her arms when she arrived at his 8th birthday party in 2011.

“All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him and we tumbled onto the ground,” Connell testified, according to the Connecticut Post. “I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen I love you,’ and there he was flying at me.”

The young boy, whose mother died last year, was in court with his father on Friday.

Connell testified that her nephew had always been “very loving, [and] sensitive” to her, but her suit contended that “a reasonable 8 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.”

Connell further testified to the damage her injury has inflicted on her wrist. “I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walkup, so it has been very difficult. And we all know how crowded it is in Manhattan.”

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

A six-member Superior Court jury found that Tarala was not liable for his actions, according to

Connell did not offer further comment after hearing the verdict, and requested marshals to escort her to her car through the group of reporters outside the courthouse. She ignored all requests for comment.