Only excitement filled the air on the day of little Sean Tarala's 8th birthday in Westport, Connecticut on March of 2011. Sean "joyfully" rode his brand-new bright red two-wheel bike "around and around" the house, the Connecticut Post reports, until he spotted his aunt.
"Auntie Jen! Auntie Jen!," the Post reports Sean exclaiming before jumping into his aunt's arms.
Four years later, Auntie Jennifer Connell is telling a sadder story.
Though Connell said nothing at the time—in future conversations with a jury, Jen said it was his birthday, and she didn't want to upset him—Sean's leap into her arms, she claims, broke her wrist and subsequently turned her life "upside down." Now, Connell is suing Sean (now 12) for $127,000, who Connell says was always "loving and sensitive" to her but also ought to be held accountable for "acting unreasonably."
Here's a portion of the lawsuit, via the Westport News:
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.
Connell, who lives in a third-floor walkup in Manhattan, told the jury a recent party experience went south after she struggled to hold her "hors d' oeuvre plate."
UPDATE: Connell lost the suit.
Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.