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Vilified New York woman 'never comfortable' with suing nephew

Published 15/10/2015 | 14:18

Jennifer Connell, centre, is escorted to her car after her lawsuit against her nephew was found in his favour (Brian A Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)
Jennifer Connell, centre, is escorted to her car after her lawsuit against her nephew was found in his favour (Brian A Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)

A New York woman vilified for suing her 12-year-old nephew over a broken wrist she suffered when he jumped in her arms to greet her four years ago said she was "never comfortable" with the lawsuit.

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Jennifer Connell appeared on NBC's Today show along with her nephew, Sean Tarala.

She said she wanted her nephew's parents' home insurance provider to pay her medical bills, but under Connecticut law she could only sue an individual.

A jury this week rejected her 127,000 US dollar (£82,000) suit.

Ms Connell and Sean sat side by side and said they loved each other.

She said she was "shocked" by the backlash.

Sean defended his aunt, saying she would never do anything to hurt him or the family, adding: "Everybody was saying stuff that they didn't know."

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