A few months ago, the whole world was rocked by the awful story of the adorable toddler who fell to her death from a cruise liner, when under care of her grandfather.

And now the devastated grandparent, Salvatore Anello, has been charged with negligent homicide.

A judge has ordered the arrest of Mr. Anello after prosecutors submitted evidence and said the 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand had fallen when he raised her up to an open window.

Chloe died when she plunged off the upper deck of a cruise ship while her grandfather was reportedly dangling her near the window on the 11th floor of Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas. The ship was docked in docked in Puerto Rico at the time.

The attorney representing the Wiegand family, Michael Winkleman, said that the tragedy unfolded after Chloe asked her grandfather to lift her up so she could bang on the glass in a children’s play area

“Chloe wanted to bang on the glass like she always did at her older brothers’ hockey games,” Mr Winkleman said in a statement. “Her grandfather thought there was glass just like everywhere else, but there was not, and she was gone in an instant.”

The Cruise Ship Company Is To Blame

Mr. Winkleman has cast blame on the cruise ship company for the window being open.

“How about a warning, how about a sign, how about something?” he said earlier this year. “When you put it in a kids’ play area, you gotta do something to let people know that these can be opened so things like this don’t happen.”

Kimblerly Wiegand, Chloe’s mum, spoke to NBC saying: “I didn’t know that she went out a window. And I just kept saying, ‘Take me to my baby. Where’s my baby?’ I didn’t even notice a window. I ran over there and I looked over and it wasn’t water down there, it was concrete. To lose our baby this way is just unfathomable.”

A Royal Caribbean spokesperson had previously told CBS News that they are deeply saddened by the “tragic accident” and its “heart goes out to the family.”

Mr Anello is being held on an AUD$116,000 bond and is due to appear in court 20 November.

What an awful time for the family. Share your comments below.

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  • Oh my gosh, this is so heart breaking! The poor baby and the poor family.


  • But charging the grandfather? I find it so sad. There should have been a glass there. :-(


  • I can’t even comprehend how this family would be feeling – then and now. Something that you just don’t get over. A horrible awful tragic situation


  • Wow, as if the Grandfather wasn’t already dealing with a lot of guilt and sorrow. I’m sorry for the parents, but I find it hard to believe they would be pressing charges over the accident.


  • It’s gotta be such a devastating thing to happen :( feel so sorry for everyone involved


  • OMG what a tragedy I feel for the parents for losing their precious child but also for the grandfather as it was an innocent mistake, one that he will have to live with for the rest of his life. Why would there be an open area up high on a deck of a ship in a CHILD’s play area?! Surely that is neglect from the cruise ship behalf – how does this even get approved surely it is not safe.




  • Wow, how tragic. Such a simple split second mistake to cost an innocent life. How horrible for the family.


  • Oh my god, to lose this beautiful little girl in such tragic, unforeseen circumstances and now have to face charges for it. My heart just breaks for this poor family, especially the grandfather who was probably already devastated enough


  • This is such a tragedy and my heart goes out to the family and the Grandfather will never forgive himself. Our whole lives can just change forever in a second!


  • That breaks my heart. What a sad story-no one wins in this situation.


  • An absolutely awful tragedy ….


  • Very sad story….i dont want to think what parents must go thru- especially when it was grandpa fault


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