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Death of toddler who fell 150ft from cruise ship ‘could be murder’ say police

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The death of a toddler who fell 150ft from a cruise ship could be murder, according to police.

Chloe Wiegand plummeted 11 floors from the Freedom of the Seas this weekend and was rushed to hospital but could not be saved.

The massive cruise ship had been docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

It was initially thought that Chloe had slipped from the arms of her granddad Salvatore Anello but the family’s lawyer has disputed this.

Sgt Jose D. Sanchez, acting head of the San Juan Police Department’s Homicide Division, told DailyMail.com : “There are various possibilities. It could be a homicide.



It was initially thought that Chloe had slipped from the arms of her granddad Salvatore Anello (pictured)


Mr Anello could face murder charges

“It could be a murder. It could be an accident.

“We are currently in the very early stages of the investigation.

“We haven’t ruled out any possibility.

“We are doing a professional, thorough investigation into the events to explain the death of this little girl.

“As police officers our duty lies with the victim.”



Little Chloe Wiegand is pictured here with her mother Kimberly Schultz Wiegand


Chloe’s mother Kimberley Schultz Wiegand and father Alan Wiegand are pictured

Michael Winkleman said on NBC that Mr Anello placed Chloe on a railing that he believed was behind glass.

He claimed that the tot loved to look through windows and would often bang on the glass while watching her brother play ice hockey.

But for some reason one of the panes of glass in the children’s play area where the family were gathered was not there, Winkleman claimed.

The lawyer said: “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.

“She goes to bang on the glass like she would have at one of those hockey rinks, and the next thing you know, she’s gone.”



The window the toddler is thought to have fallen from



Chloe was rushed to hospital but could not be saved

He added: “Why in the world would you leave a window open in an entire glass wall full of windows in a kid’s area?”

A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean said: “We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic incident, and our hearts go out to the family.

“We’ve made our 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.”

One passenger told Telemundo PR: “We heard the screams of the families because we were close.

“A cry of pain of that nature does not compare with any other cry.”



Other hotel guests heard a scream of anguish

Puerto Rico Ports Authority spokesman José Carmona said the family was gathered in or near a dining hall on the 11th floor and that the grandfather sat the toddler on the edge of a window.

Henry Escalera Rivera, Commissioner of the Police Bureau, told Prima Hora: “This is a process that is under investigation.

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“We must wait to interview relatives and evaluate other evidence to determine if the filing of charges is appropriate.”

The Freedom of the Seas has a height of around 210ft and the 11th floor will have been around 150ft above land level when the vessel was docked.

It holds around 4,000 passengers and was ending a seven-day Southern Caribbean cruise of Antigua, St Lucia and Barbados at the time of the tragedy.

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