Indiana Toddler Dies After Grandfather Drops Her From Cruise Ship Deck

My heart is aching for this Granger, Indiana family. What an unimaginable loss... Words are failing me right now.

Cruise ship passengers are recalling the cry let out by the mother of a 18-month-old girl after she fell 11 stories from the deck. Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, when the tragic accident happened Sunday. The toddler has been identified as Chloe Wiegand. She and her family were on the 11th floor pool deck enjoying sweeping views of San Juan. Her grandfather, Salvatore Anello, told police he was holding her up to a window when he lost his grip and she accidentally slipped out of his arms.

South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski confirmed that Chloe's father is Officer Alan Wiegand. Chief Ruszkowski “asks the community to pray for the entire Wiegand family as they grieve and to respect their privacy.”

 

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