Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Family Breaks Silence On Little Girl's Cruise Ship Fall And Death

Family Breaks Silence On Little Girl's Cruise Ship Fall And Death

An 18-month-old IN girl who fell to her death from the 11th story of a cruise ship IN Puerto Rico plunged from a window inexplicably left open IN a children's play area, the family's attorney said Tuesday.

Attorney Michael Winkleman says the grandfather thought there was a glass wall when he placed his granddaughter down while on a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico.

The family's lawyer said there should have been a warning sign on the window.

The family's attorney, Michael Winkleman, addressed the media Tuesday, saying the story that was originally shared after Chloe's death was not entirely accurate.

Winkleman noted that the Freedom of the Seas is an older ship on which passengers "can just slide open these windows so there's sort of an optical illusion".

"He takes her over to the windows, he thinks it's all glass, there's a wood railing there".

The attorney said the grandfather was in tears when he spoke to him and "hasn't eaten".

"Essentially her grandfather lifts her up and puts 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", Winkleman told the news outlet. "This is the inverse of that", Winkleman said.

Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises called it a "tragic incident" and said it was helping the family.


Mr Winkleman told reporters the family felt "terrible", and that Mr Anello was "crying hysterically" when they spoke.

"When you put it in a kids' play area, you gotta do something to let people know that these can be opened so things like this don't happen", he said, CBS News reported.

Winkleman said the girl's family wants to know why a window that "should have been closed securely" was open.

Chloe Wiegand at the glass while her brother plays in a youth hockey game at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee, Illinois.

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.

The cruise line had not responded to messages left Tuesday seeking comment on Winkleman's statements about the circumstances of the child's death.

The South Bend Police Department offers its sincerest condolences to Officer Alan Wiegand and his family during this hard time following the tragic loss of their child while in Puerto Rico.

Torres added that the company had made its "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.No further details were released. The ship has since left for a week-long trip in the Caribbean while Chloe's family remains in Puerto Rico for the ongoing investigation.

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