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The grandfather of a toddler who fell to her death from the 11th level of a cruise ship may face charges of negligence in her death.

An attorney for the Indiana family says 1-year-old Chloe Weigand fell from a window when her grandfather lost his grip. Attorney Michael Winkleman was retained by the family following the tragic accident on board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico.

Chloe and her grandfather, Salvatore Anello were in a children's play area on the ship when the little girl toddled over to an open window, CBS News reports. Anello reportedly picked Chloe up and held her outside the window, which he thought was closed.

"Chloe wanted to bang on the glass like she always did at her older brothers' hockey games. Her grandfather thought there was glass just like everywhere else, but there was not, and she was gone in an instant," Winkleman said in a statement.

According to news reports, Anello was "playfully dangling" Chloe outside the window when she fell.

Winkleman blamed the cruise ship for the tragic accident, but police may file charges against Anello for negligence.

"How about a warning, how about a sign, how about something?," Winkleman said. "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."

Chloe's father is Alan Wiegand, an officer with the South Bend Police Department. The family was too distraught to attend a news conference on Tuesday in Puerto Rico.

A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean told CBS News it's deeply saddened by the "tragic accident" and its "heart goes out to the family."

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  • iWasteTime

    They trying to blame the ship!!??!
    He has to eat that, he messed up. Once you notice there was no glass pull her in. Don't dangle her out

  • abby500

    If he was dangling her out the window he knew there was no glass

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Both sides. Why is there is no glass in the window of the childrens play area of all places?????

    Sounds like gramps KNEW it was no glass and still was playing games with the baby.

    So both are at fault

  • TheWildChild

    Then he needs to drop the lawsuit against the cruise line ? claiming he didn't know the window pane was out/open ?

  • datjerk

    Facts

  • Carrington

    I'm so confused by this story. Did he put her up to the window expecting her to bang on the glass and then get startled when he realized there was no glass like some people do when they reach for the glass door where there is no glass and fall through?... or, was he dangling her out the window thinking it was cute like Michael was dangling little Comforter Jackson out of that hotel window?

  • Ghost

    The grandfather has changed his story THREE times! There are witnesses that say they saw him playfully dangling the baby ..he lost his grip and a sad story...smh! I feel bad for him but he was negligent and at fault! Just hope they can move forward as a family...this is a tough one!

    ?????? For the family

  • DroneRivers

    Comforter. LOL

  • Ghetto Real Name

    QTNA

    PS you aint shit for Lil Comforter

  • Coy little wink

    they both are at fault. But cruise ship is more so...an open window in children's area ? I don't recall any open windows I've cruised 3 times....but I was zooted

    What about the car burning at the gender reveal. People stay doing the most ?

  • Ghost

    He was dangling her out of the window according to witnesses, but tried to backtrack his story ! It appears the family is trying to make the ship a party in the negligence but it’s not going to work...smh

  • Jai

    He is clearly an idiot who saw open window thought it was cute to dangle her outside of it. The window was obviously not in any of the children reach if he had to pick her up for her to go out window. The cruise ship isnt at fault. Now if it was on floor or under 3 feet high I could understand

  • Nik

    I need to see a layout of the ship because I can't wrap my brain around how this happened. How can you dangle a baby out of a window yet thing there's glass? I'm confused.

  • Lucky8

    Lol "Lil comforter.' I cant

  • Starlight

    I am just as confused as you. But we see what happened when Michael did it..

  • TheWildChild

    Me too ? cause it was first reported he slipped and fell after getting dizzy. ?His azz prolly was drunk. Now I'm hearing all the 'dangling' on the ledge stories, waiting on the video to surface now. I'm sure it's on camera , now that the family is trying to file suit against the cruise line.

  • Coy little wink

    I think cruise line shouldn't have windows that open. Like hotels. You can crack some windows but to be able to open them completely opens the door to their liability

    What if someone merely tripped and fell out...like ol girl fell out the window on sex and the city...

  • Applebootay

    Tragic and made me think about when MJ did that to his baby over that balcony in Paris....???

  • https://nylapoprush.com/twitch twitch.tv/NylaPop

    I was hoping you'd post something about this. The police aren't charging him though.

    But I'm disgusted by the parents. They obviously loved their dad more than the child they created which is the reason she's dead now. They should have never trusted an elderly person to hold their daughter in a reckless manner that high up in the first place. And I'm even more disgusted that they are now trying to sue the cruise line (after changing their story about how she fell, mind you) instead of accepting responsibility themselves for her death.

    Literally disgusted.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Flat out. In this litigious society, folks stay looking for a come up. Gramps was a moron.

  • MsPam

    IMO, The grandfather is at fault because I’m sure the little girl couldn’t reach the window without her grandfather’s help. I think grandpa was drunk.

  • TheWildChild

    Exactly ?... Stevie wonder could've seen it, hell we did from the distant photo. If he couldn't see the window open, then this dude should never be driving, on an escalator, cooking or crossing busy streets without assistance ?

  • Jai

    Cruise ships should have opening windows. What if there was an emergency evacuation and they couldn't make it up to lifeboat due to fire it can be lowered to that level and boarded or if gas leak they need ventilation? The window should be out of reach of children but adults should also know better than to dangle another human being outside of it for fun.

  • Applebootay

    He's Lying...he saying she fell...others saying he was dangling her out like MJ did..

  • Coy little wink

    Yes but cruise has to protect itself and open windows are a liability...

  • tia

    I know "they" say time heals all wounds. But, man I dont know about this situation. This family will never be the same. Wow, praying for them.

  • Rayscoty

    So he thought they were playing the Windex prank on him...

  • Coy little wink

    That's an emergency window not the same. I still think they have liability I'm just thinking like a lawyer because I am one. People are dumb also they get drunk....

  • Jordan’s Memory

    This story makes no sense to me. I mean I have so many questions, do you really need a sign to say a window is open? can't you see that with ur own two eyes? Who the fuk would hold a child near an open window? much less have her dangling. This story is so senseless and could have been so preventable it just angers me! smdh

  • Jai

    Um no it's a window in a a area with an expectancy of high occupancy. It would be irresponsible if they didnt have functioning windows through room. This isnt a hotel room. The two aren't comparable

  • Kimocha

    This is so sad and tragic!!..But it's so many discrepancies ab this story... They get everything else on camera, so you mean to tell me they don't have this incident on video to clear up what REALLY happened??

  • Dowoop

    Right! Clearly the window was not within the kids reach which is why he had to hold her up.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I dont recall any either and I've been on three cruises too...the only open window areas on the cruise ships are on the food/pool (Windjammers) deck on Royal Caribbean.... Its where the smokers sit so they have sliding windows or when your eating at the buffet...In the Kids Zone I dont remember seeing any sliding windows and the kids play areas dont have open windows....

  • Phillybruh

    I'm sorry but you can see when a window is open on these boats.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    He had to dangle her out...there are some sliding windows on the ship...I've never been on the Freedom but I've been on the Enchantment, Explorer and Independence...the he had to have been on the pool deck which shares a floor with the buffet (there are sliding glass windows there too)...people are saying he slipped...

  • Nik

    I hope there are security cameras on the ship that will tell the story. If the grandfather is shown to be negligent then I can't imagine the fallout from that. It's going to be even more horrible than it already is. This is so sad.

  • tintin

    "Anello was "playfully dangling" Chloe outside the window when she fell"
    I go on a cruise every year and refuse to get a room w/ a window but overall grampa was downright dumb.

    https://media0.giphy.com/media/l2Rny7y3E1fmd9oDC/giphy.gif

  • 100milesperhour

    There’s railing along the windows of the area that would come to an adult’s waist. He says he hoisted her on rail so she could look out. I bet he let her go as soon as he sat her there bc he thought window would be her support.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    You need to go on a cruise...the guests be drunk as hell and the cruise companies dont have time to be getting lawyers because someone decided to play Peter Pan and jump out the window at night...there are designated departure decks in case of an emergency and each room has life vests as well as a map to the nearest deck...People on cruises literally act like animals so there is no need for an open window...but they do have balconies but I've seen people tryna hang from those too (yt people)...

  • Jordan’s Memory

    And even if she was banging on the glass of an open or partially open window she still shouldn't have been able to fall out because any parent or adult in there right mind would have serious grip on the child so she wouldn't fall.

  • Nik

    The family attorney is making all the witnesses out to be liars so I hope there are cameras that will tell the story.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Yes!! That was my first thought too. just stupidity at it's finest.

  • Meme

    Very very sad, i will say though that the grandpa is a damn fool he should have jumped straight in after the little girl

  • Coy little wink

    Well I don't recall seeing any tho I'm sure there are some. yes a cruise ship is a floating hotel basically it's very comparable to me. The windows in guest rooms do not open. In a common area the windows should be out of reach if open the ship rocks with waves a guest could trip...be drunk and fall...etc...

  • Ghetto Real Name

    I was looking for you on the Cardi post lmaooo. The legality diff. betwixt defamation and slander. Nvmd now. We is on windows on cruise ships legal speaking currently so carry on sis with your Litigious self

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Drunk as hell is an understatement. They be like George Lopez said about his Mexican fam when they drink. Folks on cruises be "ALLLLL KINES OF FUKKED UP!" Drunkest person I EVER seen in LIFE was on a cruise.

  • Nik

    If he propped her on the railing then she would fall forward. I can't imagine the horror of that moment. He may never forgive himself.

  • LeeSeeCee

    I thought the same thing or at least FEEL the air coming through the window from the outside.. Just don't understand how this happened and hopefully there is video (not that I want to see it, I don't) that will show LE clearly what happened.

  • Coy little wink

    Lol. Defamation is slander if spoken. Libel if written. It has to be false and cause harm...

  • Coy little wink

    Chile...the balconies have rails people still find a way to go overboard. An open window? Chile.....

  • Ghetto Real Name

    video tapes fall under defamation tho dont they?

  • T Willis

    ??????
    Prayers.
    My biggest pet peeve are adults who don’t monitor their kids. Biggest pet peeve. I know I’m restless and have ADD lol but when a kid is in my care, my focus never leaves their movements. Kids get into stuff too quickly. They wander, they’re curious, they’re sneaky, adventurous etc.... you have to monitor them and their surroundings CONSTANTLY. You can’t assume shit when they’re in your care.

  • Coy little wink

    Yes

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Now they wanna blame the cruise ship for HIS negligence and ignorance the sane way they family tried to blame Disney or some resort because they went out at night with their children and allowed the to play in nasty swamp water when there was a sign posted no swimming well a alligator carried the child away then they wanted to sue. It’s just crazy

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Soooo the granddaddy pulled a Michael Jackson ( like how Michael dangled blanket out they window) now he mad and want to sue , got it .

  • T Willis

    They probably figured, since their little girl is gone, they may as well cash out ?????

  • Jai

    Regulation is drastically different. Physical requirements to prevent liability is different because a hotel has many evacuation options on solid ground and is viewd as building with chemicals that are hazardous while cruise ship is combustible vessel traveling in isolation. If this window was in a guest room. If It was i would 100% agree with you. If the cruise ship changes design while still being in regulation okay, but family using the cruise line as the liable party, a big no.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Grampa's name is mud with his family.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Nawl he just trying to make it not his fault so he cane up with this crazy story! He know the parents will prolly NEVER forgive him

  • onelove

    yup!..that story don't add up!

  • Ryan

    I think grandpa may have had a few cervezas in his system.

  • Alextra Ballard

    What an horrific accident.....I said accident because I’m hoping it wasn’t anything more sinister...Grandpa will have to live with this guilt forever....

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Comforter. LOL!

  • Coy little wink

    The ship was docked tho...no evacuation was taking place. So why was the window open? That is the question

  • hottlanta

    Held her outside a window he thought was closed. I cant.

  • hottlanta

    Now that was some id channel mess with that alligator.

  • https://nylapoprush.com/twitch twitch.tv/NylaPop

    Sounds about white

  • Alextra Ballard

    Wait a minit ni....Iff’n Granpaw thought that open window was closed...Grandpaw may have a lil mental defect. Som’n clearly is wrong.

  • The Art

    He doesn't need to be prosecuted or jailed. The tragic loss alone is enough punishment for him. Just imagine the mental anguish and torment he must already be in knowing that he accidentally killed his own grand baby... DAMN!

  • Kimocha

    How can you NOT know a window is open??... The police are now investigating the grandfather saying that it coulda been murder, smdh!... But I doubt it... but STILL don't understand how he didn't know the window was open.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile..........

    Some ppl are reckless when handling children! I ALWAYS think of what COULD happen when caring for children...

    I can not STAND to allow my kids to be with my MIL and SIL because they do the most RECKLESS $hit with the kids.. If you want to run in a STORE and leave YOUR kid in the car, So Be it BUT do NOT do that reckless $hit when you have other peoples kids with you! WTF would you say to the parent of the child if someone jumped in the car and drove off with them??

    Chile.... Pushing up daisies???

  • Alextra Ballard

    Ni they wanna sue

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    The boat was docked and the little girl hit the rocks?

  • The Art

    Yup!! That's exactly what happened!!!!! I do feel so sorry for him.

  • Jai

    If it was docked that could be why it was opened. I'm not familiar with their regulations for vessels but maybe they can have open while docked. People do the whole wave to dock thing to as departs

  • Meme

    Oh shoot sorry to hear that see I've just been catching the headlines not reading the full story, but yeah he should have followed her if he feels that bad it was his own careless stupidity

  • Yui

    Why blame the cruise ship? You can’t feel air or something? You’re the adult. These poor kids, I swear.

  • Meme

    ???

  • kiturner52

    That was what bewildered me as well ... da fuucckk?!?!

  • smartchickfl

    Still trying to make it make sense.

  • HelloToni

    Maybe he is old..has dementia or senile. I fell sorry for him and his family. The guilt he must have for such a stupid thing.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I am shocked every day how many people drink like fish.

  • HelloToni

    Oooh no. That is so sad. I work at the mall and most people walk into doors thinking they open.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I agree....this one woman kept trying to convince my brother to sleep with her...we were at the white party on the 10th deck and this married woman started pinching my brothers butt and whispering in his ear...I look at her husband and he's just grinning like it's a Tuesday...that was my first cruise and honestly the tamest one I've been on...

  • StoneColdLady

    My God!

  • Victor Nathan

    why are you so certain it was accidental????. do you know if he held a secret animosity with the girls parents?.

  • Victor Nathan

    i won't be surprised if the lawyer blamed the ship makers for building it so high. Defence lawyers grab at any straw to float their clients

  • StoneColdLady

    Help me understand...the “window” in the children’s play area was what already open? Didn’t have a window pane? What was it? I need a visual

  • BlockingTrollsAllYearLong
  • ShWa

    So which was it him dangling her out the window, or he thought the window was closed and the child hit at the window and fell out, somebody's lying.....are there cameras in there to view especially with children in there that will tell it all.

  • Leigh Burton

    That grandfather killed his grandbaby!

  • thatonechick_

    That shit is crazy altogether, You too old to be playing like that with a baby and them weak ass arms i would've slapped tf outta my daddy! Accident or not! That window was very much so obviously open. He was on his Michael Jackson shit tryna play and now they tryna defend him.

  • sjames

    i knew someone was gonna comment on the strength of that old grip LOL

  • Eileen

    You mean LOL
    but it was a tragic and bizarre situation.

  • https://nylapoprush.com/twitch twitch.tv/NylaPop

    Also, just look at these big azz windows and tell me if you'd be able to tell if this window was open or not. Seems like wind, outside sounds (cruises and the people on them are LOUD AF!), sunshine, SOMEthing would've been coming through strong as hale!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0882e56e0e2a2e14fe48ec7a8aa26f2652f74048b61fbdd21fec2cfa70f14e14.jpg

    This is a photo from the death scene btw. He put her up on one of those window railings. He probably knew it was open and that's why he went to that one so she could feel the breeze and get a better view. Then he tripped! They are still saying he tripped but they are saying it doesn't matter because he thought the window was closed.

    This also doesn't look like a children's play area to me either, but I digress.

  • Strappyheels

    If he was suffering from Dementia, ????? she should not have been left in his care at all. Dementia is real!!

    I say charge the parents with negligence.. But you know that’s not what’s going to happen. And the dad is a police officer too..
    Just like that White fool that worked for the Government that left his infant in the car for 8 hours. He got so much sympathy.

  • https://nylapoprush.com/twitch twitch.tv/NylaPop

    Look at my comment

  • Strappyheels

    Dementia, messes with judgement. Most older folks with dementia usually are in a facility or have a nurse at home to take care of them.

    Shit, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was planned. The world we live in today.

  • https://nylapoprush.com/twitch twitch.tv/NylaPop

    I wouldn't be surprised either. Especially the way the parents immediately lawyered up and went after money and aren't blaming the grandad at ALL

  • https://nylapoprush.com/twitch twitch.tv/NylaPop

    Not even a "yeah i know it was an accident but you messed up". NO BLAME

  • Strappyheels

    I do not claim to know anything but what I read.

    Leaving a helpless child alone with someone that’s not all there mentally is careless.

    I am just going by what I read.

    I am confused by your response.

  • Parent

    Tragic!

  • Brooklyn23

    He thought it was closed but it was opened. Yet there were times I thought a glass door was opened and that shiat was closed and I walked right into it. Go figure. I aint gonna judge. Its sad

  • Tee Tee

    So sad

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Right! ? I side eyed the entire situation

  • Overpower Radio

    Sounds like the cruise ship should be held accountable for putting a playroom near a hazardous area with no caution signs. It already sounds like a nightmare. Charging the grandfather with negligence makes it much worse.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    This is so tragic smdh. I know when things like thie happen people look to blame someone/something but I really feel like this was just a fukked up accident. May she rest in Paradise...

  • Madashelle

    Sorry but, from the pictures below, that really does not look like the kids area. Nevertheless, I would think the grandfather would be able to feel a breeze if the window is open. That should have told him something. Even when the ship is docked. Some people get on these ships and play too much.

  • PrettyNetty28

    Ditto.

  • The Art

    I would hope not.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    True

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Welp, no more family functions for him. Off to the senior citizens home he goes.

    R.I.P baby girl.

  • bb1812

    This is so sad & tragic. I'm sure the grandpappy is dead on the inside & I really feel for all of them. It is wrong to blame the cruise liner. It was just such an unfortunate circumstance. May they all find peace & the strength to move forward. May baby girl rest in peace ?

  • Meagan Good’s Eyebrows

    Grandpa would have to get his ass kicked

  • dontgetblocked

    It's a baby. Use caution...especially on a cruise ship. Some grandparents are just too old. Not the young ones but when they hit their 70s, they're too old to mess with small babies.

  • Renee26

    held her outside the window, which he thought was closed https://media1.giphy.com/media/l3vRacqRRQENTCIpy/giphy.gif

  • PetiteButterScotch

    Held her OUTSIDE the window ?which he thought was closed....

    Playfully dangling?! I’m done...?????

    Idk either the write up is bad or the incident was just careless AF..

    Very sad...tragic...that’s all I can say..

  • Renee26
  • Renee26

    My exact thoughts

  • Renee26

    Still, he shoulda went right after her ?

    Shrug

  • Blak

    If you are stupid and irresponsible enough to dangle a baby outside a window then you should suffer the consequences.

  • Renee26

    That's why it's best not to lie...cause most of the time they make no sense

  • currvalicious

    "Strength of that old grip"?? Lmao! Y'all are messy as hell.

  • Lizzy

    This wasn't the cruise ships fault... he clearly was dumb enough to not notice the window was open and why the hell would you dangle her out of the window??! I'd never forgive my dad if he did something this wildly stupid

  • Cali

    How the story changes, This sick man in trying to get paid and I do not think it was an accident. The grandfather should be locked away. I feel sorry for that sweet baby and her parents, their grief and confusion must be unbearable. I heard that the father is a police officer and I bet he’ll come around to the facts.

  • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

    if i was grandpa i would’ve had to hop out after her.. even at the risk of losing my life

    ain’t no way i could face my child and say i DROPPED her and she gone. NO!

  • LuvR

    This could have just as easily been Michael Jackson's son Blanket when he was a baby...smh

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I remember that.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    LMAOOOOO...I just watched this movie this mast weekend. Dobby was about to turn him into fish food. ????

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    As he should!!!

  • Alicia.Ashe

    The room they were in didn’t look like a play area to me.

  • Guest

    Make it make sense!

  • Zeta Aggie

    You have got to be kidding me...so once a part of her body went out the window he didn’t realize it wasn’t a closed window? smdh

    That family is wrong azz hell to try and capitalize off that baby’s death. She looks special needs- i hope these mofo’s didn’t do it on purpose

  • Coffy

    “Those weak ass arms”. ????

  • Coffy

    And those bad arthritis knees.

  • Coffy

    The parents should never have left that baby with this old senile fool, they wanted to go swinging and get drunk. I can count on one hand minus two fingers of the people who watched my son. NOPE, NOPE.

  • Coffy

    Smh, makes no sense, all those windows and you pick the one window without a pane, bye grandpa. I would jump out if one myself if so causes that, with his old senile, bad leg having a$$.

  • Overpower Radio

    They reported that it was near the playroom, not in the playroom. They thought that having an open window close to the children's area, that a child could push through was a potential hazard that should have had caution signage, but it did not.

  • thatonechick_
  • AListDiva29

    That's a terrible tragedy, but damn was he blind?! I'm sorry kids under the age of five should not be allowed on cruise ships in the first place! Sorry, but there are certain places kids just don't need to be!

  • AListDiva29

    It's ridiculous, but I'm sure they will refund the family the cost of their entire trip and then settle out of court for mental anguish as well!

  • Shar Fulton

    This happened in the pool area........no child could reach up to where the windows are........the bottom glass panels do not open...........only up top where a railing is....which is probably high as my shoulders (5'3")........why the grandfather picked her up.....and sat her on the railing......is insane......she could of pounded on glass below.......when the windows are closed they are a tinted green color......the window was open which you would feel a breeze coming through.....what a crying shame.......total negligence of the grandfather......

  • Shar Fulton

    the grandfather picked her up and placed her on a railing way up high.......and was totally negligent in doing so......the bottom glass panels don't open....only the windows way up high...when the windows are closed they are tinted green....he should of known the window was open....breeze alone would of been his first clue.....stupid man....something is wrong with him......he should be prosecuted.....this is no fault of the cruise line.

  • Shar Fulton

    the windows slide to open..see the latch.(2nd section up)..no child could reach up there....... the railing is high and put there as a barrier...why in hell did he pick her up and place her on the railing.....then let go so she could lean forward and pound on the window....he should of felt the wind and know the window was open???????..........windows down below do not open...solid glass....why didn't the grandfather leave her on the ground and let her pound on the glass.....something was not right with him.........when closed the glass is tinted green......... an open window would have a strong wind coming in.....such a horrible horrible tragedy......if I had been there I would of run over immediately and latched onto the girl and taken her off the railing..hopefully in time.......this makes me cry.......