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WorldFamily of toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl's grandfather propped her up against it - as it's revealed he AND her parents had to be sedated

00:03  10 july  2019
00:03  10 july  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Family of toddler who fell 150 ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl ' s grandfather propped her up against it - as it ' s Grandfather who dropped 1-year-old girl from cruise ship in apparent accident could face

The family of an Indiana toddler who fell 150 ft to her death from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship on Sunday have blamed the liner for her death , saying she The window is shown in an exterior image taken after the accident. The family says her grandfather simply did not realize it was open when he

The family of an Indiana toddler who fell 150ft to her death from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship on Sunday have blamed the liner for her death, saying she died by falling through a window which had been left open in the kids' play area.

Family of toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl's grandfather propped her up against it - as it's revealed he AND her parents had to be sedated© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Chloe, who was 18 months old, let out a 'blood curdling' scream as she fell, according to witnesses Chloe Wiegand died after falling from the Freedom of the Seas ship onto a concrete dock in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sunday afternoon.

Family of toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl's grandfather propped her up against it - as it's revealed he AND her parents had to be sedated© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Chloe Wiegand, shown with her grandfather Salvatore Anello, died on Sunday in Puerto Rico Local officials initially said she had been in her grandfather Salvatore 'Sam' Anello's arms and that he lost his grip on her.

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PICTURED: The toddler daughter of Indiana cop who fell 150 ft to her death after slipping from her grandfather ' s arms on 11th deck of a Royal She landed on the hard concrete of the Puerto Rico dock and died in hospital. The girl was on holiday with her family on the Freedom of the Seas cruise

The grieving family of the toddler who fell to her death off a cruise ship in Puerto Rico is opening up about how the tragedy unfolded. The family says the girl ' s grandfather Salvatore Anello, aka Sam, didn't drop her, as local Their attorney told Inside Edition she fell through an open window .

They were on the 11th floor of the ship where there is a kids' pool known as the 'H20 zone'. It is an outdoor play area but is encased by two walls of windows on either side.

Family of toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl's grandfather propped her up against it - as it's revealed he AND her parents had to be sedated© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The window is shown in an exterior image taken after the accident. The family says her grandfather simply did not realize it was open when he propped her up On Tuesday, a lawyer hired by the family revealed that Anello had put Chloe up on a wooden railing to let her bang on the glass, as she loved to do at her older brothers' ice hockey games in Indiana, not realizing that the window was in fact open.

When she leaned forward to pound her hands on it, she went straight through the open space and plummeted to the ground below, letting out a 'blood curdling' scream as she fell, according to witnesses.

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Chloe Wiegand, who was 18 months old, fell from the 11th deck of the Royal Caribbean’ s Freedom of the Seas vessel while it was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sunday. The child reportedly fell to the concrete below from the arms of her grandfather , Salvatore Anello, who is said to have slipped.

The family of an Indiana toddler who fell 150 ft to her death from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship on Sunday have blamed the liner for her death , saying she died by falling through a window which had been left open in the kids' play area, and have shared photos of it to prove how difficult it is to spot.

The lawyer said that Anello simply did not see that the window was open when he propped Chloe up against it but he 'absolutely had not' been drinking.

Family of toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl's grandfather propped her up against it - as it's revealed he AND her parents had to be sedated© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'We've all had that experience where someone walks into a glass door thinking it's not there. This is the inverse of that,' Michael Winkleman, the family's lawyer, said on Tuesday.

He said the windows should not have been able to open at all given that they are in a children's area and so high up on the ship.

Family of toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl's grandfather propped her up against it - as it's revealed he AND her parents had to be sedated
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Describing what happened at a press conference in Miami, he said: 'The grandfather is with Chloe, they're playing and there's this wall of all windows, it's all glass windows.

'Chloe used to love to bang on the glass at her brother's ice hockey games, so her grandfather takes her over to the windows, he thinks it's all glass.

PICTURED: Toddler daughter of Indiana cop who fell 150ft to her death after slipping from her grandfather's arms on 11th deck of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico

PICTURED: Toddler daughter of Indiana cop who fell 150ft to her death after slipping from her grandfather's arms on 11th deck of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico Chloe Wiegand from Indiana plunged 150 feet from the vessel in San Juan on Sunday afternoon. The 18-month-old is believed to have slipped from her maternal grandfather's arms.

This is the 18 month-old girl who fell to her death from her grandfather ’ s arms as they stood on the 11th deck of a huge cruise ship . Chloe is reported to have fallen from this window on Freedom of the Seas, although South Bend Police Department have said her grandfather was not holding her out

WATCH: Family of toddler killed after falling off cruise ship demand answers. Winkleman says he ’ s expecting “significant blame ” to fall on the cruise ship ’ s owner, and he plans Winkleman says there is surveillance video of the incident and he ’ s calling for the cruise line to release it to the family .

'There's a wood railing along there, he puts her on that thinking she's going to bang on the glass and it's going to be great, and the next thing he knows, she's gone,' he said.

He did not say why Anello thought it was open but said: 'He literally thought it was all glass. Clearly, he was wrong.'

Asked if the grandfather had been drinking, he added: 'There was absolutely no alcohol involved, Sam is not a drinker.'

Winkleman called it a 'preventable tragedy' and said the window should never have been open so high up.

'What was preventable here was really, why would you ever put windows that passengers could open.

'It was reasonable for him to think this was all glass.

'From his perspective it was all glass,' he added.

Family of toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl's grandfather propped her up against it - as it's revealed he AND her parents had to be sedated© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Family lawyer Michael Winkleman said he there was 'significant blame' on the cruise liner A spokesman for the law firm has since told DailyMail.com that while there was a glass pane there, it had been left open.

The family is looking into holding the cruise ship company accountable.

'Why would you have that kind of danger without any sign without any warning without any notice?’ Winkleman added.

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Toddler falls to death from cruise ship . The family of a 1 -year-old girl who died after she fell more than 10 stories from a cruise ship in Puerto Rico onto Initial reports from police indicated Chloe Wiegand fell out of her grandfather ' s arms from aboard the Royal Caribbean' s Freedom of the Seas.

THE grandad of a toddler who plunged to her death from a cruise ship after he placed her next to an open window landed back in the US last night. Earlier, the distraught couple declined the offer to look at high-quality CCTV footage of Chloe' s tragic final moments because it would be too painful to

Family of toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl's grandfather propped her up against it - as it's revealed he AND her parents had to be sedated© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Chloe plummeted 150ft from the 11th floor of the ship onto a concrete dock beneath it 'I do think there is going to be blame and significant blame on the cruise line.

'I will do everything I can to hold them accountable for what appears to me to be negligence,' he added.

Local officials told El Vocero, a Puerto Rican newspaper, that Anello and Chloe's parents had to be sedated afterwards because they were so distraught.

Family of toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl's grandfather propped her up against it - as it's revealed he AND her parents had to be sedated© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The 18-month-old is believed to have slipped from her maternal grandfather Salvatore Anello's (pictured) arms According to Winkleman, after the accident he kept muttering: 'I thought it was like she was at a hockey game.'

The lawyer said the family, who are still in Puerto Rico, want to 'shine a light' on the kind of child Chloe was.

Family of toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl's grandfather propped her up against it - as it's revealed he AND her parents had to be sedated© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Chloe's mother Kimberly and father Alan Wiegand are pictured

'She was such a happy and loving child,' he said.

In a statement, Royal Caribbean said on Monday that it was 'deeply saddened' by the accident.

Family of toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl's grandfather propped her up against it - as it's revealed he AND her parents had to be sedated© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

'We've made our Care Team available to assist the family with any resources they need.

'Out of respect for their privacy, we do not plan to comment further on the incident,' it said.

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This is not "like the Michael Jackson story, where he was dangling the child out the window ," said the attorney for the family whose toddler fell to her death from a cruise ship window this weekend.

The parents of the toddler who fell out of a cruise ship window and died have sat down for their first interview following the tragedy. RadarOnline.com readers know Chloe Wiegand’ s grandfather Sam was carrying her at the time, and had propped her up against the window , thinking there was glass

It has not responded to the lawyer's allegations of negligence.

Winkleman said one of his associates was in contact with the company.

He wants it to release surveillance footage of the incident to the family.

Chloe was with her parents, older brother and grandparents on the week-long Caribbean cruise.

Family of toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl's grandfather propped her up against it - as it's revealed he AND her parents had to be sedated© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Department of Public Security Elmer Román (pictured) said the grandfather explained he was playing a game with the child when she tragically slipped from his arms Her father is a cop from South Bend, Indiana. It was their first night on the ship.

The family went to speak to prosecutors on Monday in Puerto Rico and are now eager to get home, the lawyer added.

'They want to get home as quickly as possible. Chloe's body was going to be released today, they were working with authorities. They want to leave immediately.'

He added that Royal Caribbean was 'helping' the family with hotels and flights until they can return home.

Family of toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship blame the liner because one window was left OPEN in a wall of glass when the girl's grandfather propped her up against it - as it's revealed he AND her parents had to be sedated© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Freedom of the Seas cruise ship started its journey at San Juan in Puerto Rico Prosecutors have also asked for security footage from the ship and are speaking to witnesses.

They said on Monday that Anello had been playing a 'game' with his granddaughter when she slipped out of his arms.

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