The Connecticut Post reports that New York City resident Jennifer Connell says the Westport boy acted unreasonably when he leaped into her arms at his eighth-birthday party.
The Manhattan aunt says he caused her to fall to the ground and break her wrist and is asking a six-member Superior Court jury to find the boy liable. The 54-year-old testified she loves her nephew but thinks he should be held accountable.
She says when the child jumped she tumbled to the ground as she tried to catch him.
The boy, whose mother died last year, is the only defendant named in the case.
According to testimony, he was riding his bike around his home when Connell arrived. He ran to her, saying: "Auntie Jen, Auntie Jen!".
“I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen, I love you,’ and there he was flying at me,” Connell reportedly testified.
Connell says the boy jumped at her and she injured her arm when she tried to catch him. She claims the injury has complicated her life.
“I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walk-up so it has been very difficult,” she testified, according to the Connecticut Post. “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 added.
According to court documents: "The injuries, losses and harms to the plaintiff were caused by the negligence and carelessness of the minor defendant in that a reasonable eight 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."