Although it’s been called a “tragic accident,” a grandfather could still face charges after his toddler granddaughter fell to her death on Sunday while aboard the Freedom of the Seas Caribbean cruise ship.
CBS reports that Puerto Rican officials indicated that they’re still in the process of gathering evidence, which will ultimately determine if Salvatore Anello will face neglect charges in the death of his 19-month-old granddaughter, Chloe Wiegand, of Indiana.
Anello’s boss, Mike Hamann, spoke with the outlet and said the man was “selfless” and loved, and couldn’t imagine Anello would ever purposely hurt his grandchild.
“People just love him here in the county,” Hamann said. “He’s a very selfless man, he’s got a servant’s heart, as we say. And just one of the most wonderful human beings that you could ever meet.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 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, according to police. Anello reportedly sat the little girl on the pane, but she lost her balance and fell.
Chloe was vacationing with her parents, two siblings, and both sets of grandparents when the tragedy occurred. The ship was docked in Puerto Rico after a week-long trip.
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.
— South Bend Police (@southbendpolice) July 8, 2019
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[Feature Photo: Chloe Wiegand/Facebook]