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USFamily seeks answers after toddler dies in 11-floor fall from cruise ship

05:40  10 july  2019
05:40  10 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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As an Indiana family mourns a toddler who fell to her death while aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship , they also are seeking answers to how this could have Puerto Rico Ports Authority spokesman José Carmona had said that the family was gathered in or near a dining hall on the 11 th floor and the

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Family seeks answers after toddler dies in 11-floor fall from cruise ship
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As an Indiana family mourns a toddler who fell to her death while aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, they also are seeking answers to how this could have happened.

The incident took place Sunday on the Freedom of the Seas while it was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The girl, who was identified as Chloe Wiegand, was with her grandfather when she fell from the 11th deck of the ship, according to authorities.

The family now has retained maritime attorney Michael Winkleman, of the Miami law firm Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman.

Speaking on behalf of the family Tuesday, he disputes initial police statements that the girl had accidentally slipped from the arms of the grandfather Salvatore Anello when she fell from the window on the deck.

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Family of toddler who died demands answers from cruise line . Just before she died , she was in a children's play area enclosed with clear glass paneling. Her grandfather placed her on a railing that he believed was behind glass, so she could look outside, but the panel was actually open, according to

PICTURED: The toddler daughter of Indiana cop who fell 150ft to her death after slipping from her grandfather's arms on 11 th 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 ship .

Puerto Rico Ports Authority spokesman José Carmona had said that the family was gathered in or near a dining hall on the 11th floor and the grandfather sat the toddler on the edge of a window, The Associated Press reported. Officials were investigating whether the window was already opened or if someone had opened it.

At a news conference, Winkleman said the grandfather and girl were in the ship’s water park area called the H2O Zone where he placed the girl onto a wood railing by a wall of windows. “The grandfather didn’t drop the child," Winkleman said in a statement. "The child fell due to an open glass pane that should have been closed securely.’’

Family seeks answers after toddler dies in 11-floor fall from cruise ship© 2006 AFP Bayonne, UNITED STATES: The new cruise ship Freedom of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, owned by Royal Caribbean, sits off the shores of Bayonne, New Jersey 12 May, 2006 in New York Harbor. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images) He said the girl had “wanted to bang on the glass like she always did at her older brother’s hockey games. Her grandfather thought there was glass just like everywhere else, but there was not, and she was gone in an instant.”

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RELATED: Indiana Family in “Shock” After Baby Falls from Cruise Ship . While in the children’s play area of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship , Chloe tragically died after she fell more than 10 stories onto a concrete dock in Puerto Rico. Chloe was used to being next to glass, having a habit of banging on

Winkleman added, “The family needs answers as to why there would be an open window in a wall full of fixed windows in a kids’ play area. Why would you have the danger without any warning, sign, or notice?”

The girl was traveling with her parents, two siblings and two sets of grandparents. The girl’s father is South Bend, Indiana, Police Officer Alan Wiegand, according to the police department.

The family remains in Puerto Rico while authorities continue their investigation.

Owen Torres, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean, said on Tuesday, “We are assisting local authorities in San Juan, PR, as they make inquiries after an incident aboard Freedom of the Seas on Sunday. We do not have further information to share at this point.”

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