Grandfather charged in Puerto Rico cruise ship death


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.

Salvatore Anello was charged on October 28 in the death of his 18-month-old granddaughter Chloe, who dropped from an open window on the 11th floor of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas on July 17, and onto the concrete of the Pan American dock II.

The family's lawyer, Michael Winkleman, has said Chloe was perched on a railing in a play area before the fall.

18-month-old Chloe, who fell to her death from the window of a cruise ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in July.

The family is from IN in the U.S. and was aboard Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas.

Mr Anello is being held on $80,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on 20 November.

The window on the far left is the one Chloe fell through while being held by her grandfather. She loved to bang on the glass at her brother's hockey games, and Anello expected she would do the same there. Kimberly and Alan, meanwhile, are still holding the cruise company responsible for their child's death and thinking about taking legal action.

Chloe's parents, Alan and Kimberly Wiegand, spoke out in an interview with the Today show in July, defending their child's grandfather.

So, the family alleged, when Chloe threw herself against what Anello thought was glass, her continued momentum pulled her from her grandfather's grasp.

She fell through a large, open window, landing on the concrete dock below. "The thing that he has repeatedly told us is, 'I believed that there was glass, '" Kimberly said. "At no point ever, ever, has Sam put our kids in any danger". "[Chloe] was his best friend". "And I just kept saying, 'Take me to my baby".

"I didn't know that she went out a window", she added. Where's my baby?' I didn't even notice a window.

"I mean you can barely look at him without him crying".