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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

Child dies after fall from Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico

Child dies after fall from Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico The 1-and-a -half-year-old girl plunged from the 11th floor of the ship.

An Indiana toddler died after she fell from the 11 th- floor deck of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas cruise ship while it was docked in San Juan They have yet to speak with the grieving family about the incident. "We are deeply saddened by yesterday's tragic incident, and our hearts go out to

An American toddler has died in Puerto Rico after falling eleven stories from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship . The Primera Hora newspaper reported Sunday that "The incident involved an American family — the grandfather stuck the girl out of a window, the girl fell over the edge and died ," he said.

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.

Memorial Service Held for 18-Month-Old Toddler Who Fell From Cruise Ship

Memorial Service Held for 18-Month-Old Toddler Who Fell From Cruise Ship South Bend police officers wore a carnation to the Indiana service. A memorial service was held Monday for little Chloe Wiegand, the toddler who tragically fell from a cruise ship earlier this month. Loved ones flocked to the Granger, Indiana, service to remember the 18-month-old who plunged 11 stories to her death upon the Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas. Among the friends and family who paid their respects were South Bend police officers, who worked alongside Chloe’s dad, a cop. Officers wore a carnation, and one held up a photo of the toddler. The South Bend mayor and St.

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Freedom of the Seas, based in Miami, had been docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico when the incident happened, police said. Puerto Rico Ports Authority spokesman José Carmona told the AP that the family was gathered in or near a dining hall on the 11 th floor and that

Sotelo said the toddler 's maternal grandfather, Salvatore Anello of Valparaiso, Indiana, is under investigation. He said the rest of the family is from Royal Caribbean Cruises called it a tragic incident and said it was helping the family . A spokeswoman said the ship departed Puerto Rico on

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.”

Indiana girl killed in cruise ship fall to get police escort home

Indiana girl killed in cruise ship fall to get police escort home An attorney for the family of an 18-month-old girl who fell to her death from a cruise ship in Puerto Rico says a hearse and police escort will meet them at a Chicago airport and take them home to Indiana. Attorney Michael Winkleman says Chloe Wiegand's family flew Thursday morning from the U.S. island territory to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and boarded a flight to Chicago with the toddler's body. He didn't say which relatives are flying back. Winkleman has challenged a Puerto Rico police report that Chloe slipped from her grandfather's hands Sunday as he held her out of an 11th-story window on the Freedom of the Seas.

(THE SUN-UK) — A toddler has died after plunging 150 feet from a cruise ship while being dangled out of a window by her granddad. The 18-month-old girl slipped from his arms and fell from the 11 th floor of Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas ship . The child is believed to have fallen onto the

Sotelo said the toddler 's maternal grandfather, Salvatore Anello of Valparaiso, Indiana, is under investigation. He said the rest of the family is from Royal Caribbean Cruises called it a tragic incident and said it was helping the family . A spokeswoman said the ship departed Puerto Rico 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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