Last year at a family get-together, my nephew assaulted my son. My son was 10 at the time and small for his age. My nephew was 16 at the time, and is well over 250 pounds. He is tall, but very much obese. My son was playing with his other cousin, my brother's little girl, age 8, in the sandbox. He was helping her build a castle, and they were so into it they had started a little village and brought out all their little people toys to live in it. The 16 year old decided that he felt left out ( or something) and smashed their little town. The 8 year old was very upset and ran crying to my brother to tattle. My son stood up to his huge cousin and was very mad that he'd made his cousin sad and yelled at him for it. The 16 year old slapped my son in the face, causing him to practically fly through the air and land on the edge of the sandbox and hit his head. My sister ( not the 16 year old's mom) saw all this from across the yard and was running towards them when it happened, but only got there in time to pick up my son and dry his tears. He had a large, quickly spreading bruise on the side of his head and another handprint shaped red mark on the other side. My sister called all the parents over, as we were in the front yard at the time, just having conversations. The back yard is fenced completely in and very safe, so we thought the kids would be fine, especially with a 16 year old there too. My sister, the 16 year old's mom, sprung to he hulking son's defense, saying my son was disrespectful and maybe he hit him too hard, but he deserved to be punished for disrespect. My husband and I called the police, and had my nephew arrested. The cop who interviewed her son was so angry by the time he got to mine, that he called for backup, saying he needed another officer to deal with my nephew. Another officer came and they took my nephew away, my sister following close behind. Shortly after we got a restraining order to keep her son away from mine. The 16 year old is vindictive and we know he will "get even" somehow.
Since then, my sister has refused to have contact with us for calling the cops. However, recently she decided that she and her kids have the right to come to all family events that we are at, in spite of the restraining order. I told her at the last cookout that we didn't care if she came, but if my nephew was there we were calling the cops for violation of a restraining order. Well, she brought him to the next family event, a party at our aunt's house, and we called the police again. Her son was taken away, screaming that he would get even. That was last week, and this past weekend our cars were both vandalized. The hood of my husbands car was smashed in, and my car's tired were slashed, plus a bunch of other damage to both cars, totalling nearly 15,000$ in damages. Insurance will cover some of it, but can we sue him or my sister for the damages? We have no proof other than the story I just said that he did it. We parked our cars down the street that night because we were paving our driveway, which he knew about. We know it was him, but is that history enough legal proof?
P.S. My son is totally fine, and proud that he stood up for his little cousin's feelings. He said he would do it again, and he would. I am very proud of my son :)
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