The grandfather who was playing with his almost two-year-old granddaughter when the little girl died after falling out of the window of a cruise ship docked at a dock in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been charged with a charge of negligent homicide by the island's prosecution..
The Puerto Rico Justice Department reported that a judge Jimmy Sepúlveda found cause to arrest Salvatore Anello, who was carrying little Chloe Wiegand when she fell deadly from a window of the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas cruise ship, the San Juan newspaper reported A new day.
In the press release released by the Puerto Rican Justice Department, it is stated that Anello, despite the fact that the family has identified him as the grandfather, is actually the "grandmother" of the deceased, since he is the current husband of the grandmother.
According to the newspaper, the authorities consider that Anello "negligently exposed" the little girl when he approached her to the window of deck number 11 of the cruise ship from which she fell when she slipped on the accused, who has been set a bond to appear before a court in San Juan on November 20.
Attorney Michael Winkelman, who is preparing a lawsuit on behalf of the Wiegand family against Royal Caribbean, assured the BBC that the accusation "puts salt on the open wound of a grieving family."
The lawyer reiterated that what happened was "clearly a tragic accident" and that the objective of his clients is that it does not happen again.
In previous statements, Winkelman assured that Anello sat the little girl on a railing in front of what he believed was a window with a glass in the children's room of the cruise. The little girl then made a gesture of hitting the crystal with her hand, but in the absence of it, the movement caused her to rush.
The little girl's parents do not blame the accused for the death of their daughter. "I would never, at any time, have put her in harm's way," mom Kimberly Wiegand told the Today (NBC) morning show last July.
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