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Case dismissed! US woman fails in bid to sue nephew, 12, over broken wrist

A New York woman has failed in her bid to sue her 12-year-old nephew for $190,000 over a broken wrist she suffered at his birthday party.

Jennifer Connell claimed Sean Tarala "acted unreasonably" when he jumped into her arms, causing her to fall over and break her wrist four years ago.

The case was dismissed in 25 minutes.

"We just couldn't find him, you know, liable for what happened," a juror was reported as saying by the New York Daily News. 

The Connecticut Post had earlier reported the boy appeared confused as he sat in court with his father.

"We do not take great pleasure in bringing a minor to court," Connell's lawyer, William Beckert, said. "She is not here enjoying a moment of this."

Connell had told the court she loves Sean but that he should be held accountable for his actions, which happened when she arrived at his birthday party shortly after he was given a new bike.

"All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him and we tumbled onto the ground," she was reported as saying.

She says her life has been affected by the injury.

"I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walk-up so it has been very difficult," she says. "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."


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