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Fri Oct 16, 2020, 08:52 AM

Grandfather pleads guilty in death of toddler who fell from cruise ship in Puerto Rico

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/15/us/grandfather-toddler-cruise-ship-death/index.html
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Grandfather pleads guilty in death of toddler who fell from cruise ship in Puerto Rico

By Rebekah Riess and Nicole Chavez, CNN

Updated 9:05 PM ET, Thu October 15, 2020

(CNN)The grandfather charged in the death of his 18-month-old granddaughter who fell from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship last year pleaded guilty, the Puerto Rico Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Salvatore "Sam" Anello was playing with his granddaughter, Chloe Wiegand, on July 2019 near an open window on the 11th floor while the ship was docked in Puerto Rico.

He was charged with negligent homicide months after the incident and initially pleaded not guilty.
CNN has reached out to Anello's attorney for comment.

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Reply Grandfather pleads guilty in death of toddler who fell from cruise ship in Puerto Rico (Original post)
sl8 Oct 16 OP
hlthe2b Oct 16 #1
NickB79 Oct 16 #2
sl8 Oct 16 #3
uponit7771 Oct 16 #4
Codeine Oct 16 #5
LizBeth Oct 16 #6

Response to sl8 (Original post)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 08:54 AM

1. Oh, this was such a horrible story.

Tragedy compounded multiple times on this one.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 09:24 AM

2. I fail to see what his prosecution accomplished

This is wrong.

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Response to NickB79 (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 09:29 AM

3. Maybe, but I imagine this plea will help the cruise line in the civil suit.

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A wrongful death lawsuit filed against the ship's operator, Royal Caribbean Cruises, on behalf of the family, says Anello was supervising Chloe when she wandered to a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows.

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Response to NickB79 (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 09:33 AM

4. +1, it was an accident ... a horrible one not wished on any grandfather

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 09:43 AM

5. Accident?

He dangled a toddler out of an open window. Thatís not accidental, thatís negligent. An accident is turning your back for a moment and the kid slips through on their own.

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Response to NickB79 (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 11:50 AM

6. It might not have gone this far but the family was accusing the cruise ship and suing them

saying the windows were suppose to be shut and he didn't know or something which was not true.

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