Grandfather Charged In Death Of Granddaughter Who Fell From Cruise Ship

Chloe Weigand fell from a high window on board the Royal Caribbean cruise ship on Sunday

Chloe Weigand fell from a high window on board the Royal Caribbean cruise ship on Sunday

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - An attorney for the IN family of an 18-month-old girl who fell to her death from a cruise ship IN July said Puerto Rican prosecutors' decision to charge her grandfather with negligent homicide is "pouring salt" on the family's wounds.

Anello was holding 2-year-old Chloe Wiegand on the Freedom of the Seas as it was docked in San Juan on July 7 before she fell through an open pane of glass.

Chloe's parents, Alan and Kimberly Wiegand, said they didn't understand why there would be an open window so high up on the ship and that the cruise line created "a tremendous safety hazard that cost our child her life".

The Indiana family blamed the cruise ship company for the accident.

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Chloe's parents, Alan and Kimberly, from IN, said they don't believe Anello should be blamed for her death, and the family is now seemingly holding Royal Caribbean responsible for her death.

Anello is being held on bond at $80,000 and is next scheduled to appear in court on November 20, according to the Associated Press. That's why her grandfather sat her on a wooden rail in front of what he apparently thought was a wall of enclosed glass windows. She loved to bang on the glass at her brother's hockey games, and Anello expected she would do the same there.

"Clearly this was a tragic accident and the family's singular goal remains for something like this never to happen again", Winkleman said in a statement to CNN on Monday.

In a particularly heartbreaking moment in the interview, Kimberly recalled: "There was one point where my son said, "Mom, I wish I would've been standing there because I would've jumped, and I would've saved her".

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"[Chloe] was his best friend", he added, visibly emotional.

"You can barely look at him without him crying", she said. "There are a million things that could've been done to make that safer".

"Had Royal Caribbean simply followed the rules and regulations that are designed precisely to prevent children from falling out of windows, we wouldn't be here talking about any of this", Winkleman said. "To lose our baby this way is just unfathomable".

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