Man who dropped granddaughter to her death from cruise ship window spared jail

A man who dropped his granddaughter from a cruise ship window until she died was spared from prison.

Eighteen-month-old Chloe Weigand died when she fell through a window from the arms of her grandfather Salvatore Anello.

She fell from the 11th floor of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Freedom of the Seas when it was docked.

Anello pleaded guilty to negligent murder when he videolinked him in court in San Juan, Puerto Rico last year.

He entered the guilty plea from his home in Indiana, United States, claiming he could not travel to Puerto Rico because of the risks associated with Covid. after Elvocero.

Yesterday the Department of Justice for Puerto Rico said in a statement that Anello had been sentenced to three years probation for the crime.

He had been convicted of “negligent murder of the minor Chloe Wiegand”.

Previously, the grandfather said he picked up Chloe and held her over a railing on the 11th floor to look out of a windowsill on July 7, 2019.

Anello said he had the eighteen-month-old boy in a hug, but then he let go of one arm as they both knocked on the glass.

In an interview he said: “At that point, she slipped. Little did I know there was no glass until it was absolutely too late.

I saw them fall. I saw them fall all the way down. It was disbelief. “

The picture shows the window in which the toddler fell out of the ship

Investigators assess the scene in which the toddler fell out of the window

The toddler’s parents – Kimberly and Alan Wiegand – had defended Anello since the incident.

Last year they sued Royal Caribbean, accusing the company of negligence.

In response, the company said the surveillance video showed Anello leaning out of the window for about eight seconds before lifting the girl out of the open window for 34 seconds before losing his grip.

This case has yet to be resolved.

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