Chloe Wiegand

Tot girl who fell from 11th floor of cruise ship identified, as police explain how the tragedy really happened: Reports

A toddler girl who who fell from the 11th floor of a Caribbean cruise ship has been identified as 19-month-old Chloe Wiegand.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the toddler was aboard the Caribbean “Freedom of the Seas” ship with her family on Sunday when the incident occurred. The ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after a week-long trip.

The little girl reportedly landed on the hard surface of the Pan American dock after the fall. She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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Previous reports by Telemundo indicated that the grandfather, identified as Salvatore Anello, was dangling the child from a window. However, Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski told CBS 22 that the information was incorrect and the child was never dangled.

According to CNN, Port Authority spokesman José Carmona said Anello was playing with Chloe in the dining room on the 11th floor when the incident occurred. One of the panes in the large windows near the dining area was apparently open, the outlet reports. Anello reportedly sat the little girl on the pane, but she lost her balance and fell.

“Sadly, she died on impact,” Carmona explained.

Authorities are still gathering information and talking to witnesses. However, preliminary investigation has shown the incident was accidental, according to Carmona. Chloe’s body was transported to a forensic unit in San Juan, where an official cause of death with be determined.

Chloe’s father, Alan Wiegand, is an officer with the South Bend Police Department in Indiana.

The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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[Feature Photo: Chloe Wiegand/Facebook]