A man from Indiana may face indifference accusations after descent his 18 -month-old granddaughter from a cruise ship deck in Puerto Rico on Sunday, ensuing in the child’s death.
The Royal Caribbean ship Freedom of the Seas was docked after a seven-day Caribbean cruise, and Salvatore Anello was with his granddaughter, Chloe Wiegand, in a children’s play area that was mostly enclosed by clear glass paneling.
Anello residence Chloe on a fence that he felt was behind glass so she could see outside, the family’s lawyer Michael Winkleman told NBC News.
“Essentially, her granddad face-lifts her up and situates her on a railing and where he thinks that there is glass there because it’s clear, but it turns out there was no glass there, ” he said. “She goes to bang on the glass like she would have at one of those hockey rinks, and the next thing you know, she’s gone.”
Chloe descended 150 hoofs onto the dock and died on affect, according to Inside Edition.
Authorities said on friday that they are investigating whether to charge Anello with negligence for flatten the “girls “, but his family isn’t blaming him for Chloe’s disastrou death.
Winkleman told NBC News the family doesn’t understand why there was an open window along the wall of glass panels.
“Why in the nations of the world would you leave a window open in an part glass wall full of openings in a kids’ area? ” he requested.
Puerto Rico Ports Authority spokesman Jose Carmona told The Associated Press that officials are also investigating whether the window was already opened or if someone had opened it.
Royal Caribbean spokesman Owen Torres told CBS News that the sail hustler was “deeply upset by yesterday’s sad incident, and our stomaches go out to the family.”
He said the company has offered to assist the family with any resources there is a requirement to, but out of respect for their privacy has not been able to note further.
The AP reported that the child’s lineage are still in Puerto Rico until the investigation is complete.
Police Sgt. Nelson Sotelo said policemen have not been able to interview any relatives yet because “they’re in shock.”
Indiana TV station WSBT wishes to report that Chloe was the daughter of South Bend police officer Alan Wiegand, while Anello is an IT worker living in Valparaiso.
South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg tweeted out this condolence content to the girl’s kinfolk 😛 TAGEND