‘It Could Be a Murder’: Police Investigating Death of Indiana Toddler who Fell 150ft From Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship After Her Grandfather Propped Her Up Against an Open Glass Window Say They Haven’t Ruled Out Any Possibilities While Tot’s Family Blame the Liner

Chloe Wiegand (left) from Indiana plunged 150 feet from the Royal Caribbean vessel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sunday afternoon. The 18-month-old is believed to have slipped from her maternal grandfather Salvatore Anello’s (top right) arms beside a window in the dining hall on the 11th deck of the Freedom of the Seas ship at around 4.30pm. There are large windows in the dining hall and one pane was open (inset). Port Authority spokesman José Carmona said the grandfather sat the girl in the window and lost his balance. Horrified passengers said they had heard a ‘cry of pain’ from the girl’s mother, Kimberly Schultz Wiegand. The child’s father has been identified as South Bend police officer Alan Wiegand (parents pictured together bottom right).

Police investigating the death of Chloe Wiegand, an 18-month-old toddler, who died after falling 150ft from a cruise ship in San Juan, Puerto Rico say they have not ruled out murder yet. The tot is thought to have slipped from her grandfather Salvatore Anello’s (top right) hands before falling through an open window (inset) of a Royal Caribbean ship on Sunday. Chief cop Sgt. Jose D. Sanchez told DailyMail.com that it was premature to declare the incident an accident. He said: ‘There are various possibilities. It could be a homicide. It could be a murder. It could be an accident’. Sgt Sanchez said possible charges could include murder, homicide – killing without intent – or neglect, and it could also be the case that no charges are filed. Meanwhile the Wiegand family are blaming Chloe’s death on the liner, saying she died by falling through a window which had been left open in the kids’ play area.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail