Authorities have arrested the grandfather of the 18-month-old toddler who fell out a Royal Caribbean cruise ship window during July’s visit to the Indiana community.
Puerto Rico’s Department of Justice ordered Salvatore Anello’s arrest on Monday, Oct. 28, and according to NBC New York, he faces a charge of negligent manslaughter in the death of his granddaughter, Chloe Wiegand. Anello placed Chloe close to an open window that he thought was closed when her family said she fell out of the ship’s 11th story in July.
Chloe’s parents, Alan and Kimberly Wiegand, said they didn’t understand why there would be an open window so high up on the ship and the cruise line created “a tremendous safety hazard that cost our child her life.”
In an interview with Today, Chloe’s mother defended Anello, saying that he often put Chloe up to the glass at her older brother’s hockey games so she could knock on the glass. Kimberly Wiegand insisted that the grandfather never put her children in danger.
She said the accident caused Anello to be extremely distraught.
“The thing that he has repeatedly told us is, ‘I believed that there was glass.’ He will cry over and over and over,” Kimberly Wiegand told NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie in July.
In a statement at the time, Royal Caribbean said it was saddened by the tragedy and collaborating with San Juan officials to investigate the death of Chloe.
Anello was kept on bail at $80,000 and, according to The Associated Press, is scheduled to appear next in court Nov. 20.