Grandfather charged in toddler's cruise ship death
BRADENTON - The grandfather of the toddler girl who took a fatal fall from a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico in July was charged Monday with negligent homicide in her death.
Prosecutors in San Juan say Salvatore Anello raised his 18-month-old granddaughter Chloe Wiegand up to an open window of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas July 17. The girl plunged from the ship's 11th floor to the concrete on the Pan American dock II in San Juan below.
A lawyer for the Indiana family has said Chloe asked her grandfather to lift her up so she could bang on the window of a children's play area - that had been slid open, unbeknownst to him. Parents Alan and Kimberly Wiegand have said they don't blame Anello for the tragedy, instead blasting the the cruise line as negligent for leaving the window inexplicably open.
Anello is being held on $80,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 20.