Toddler falls to death from cruise ship after allegedly slipping from grandfather’s arms

2019-07-09 13:52
Kimberley and Chloe Wiegand. (Photo: Facebook/Alan Wiegand)

Kimberley and Chloe Wiegand. (Photo: Facebook/Alan Wiegand)

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An 18-month-old girl reportedly plunged 46m to her death after slipping out of the arms of her granddad while they were aboard a cruise ship.

Kimberley Schultz Wiegand from Indiana in the US was reportedly heard frantically “screaming in pain” when her daughter, Chloe, fell from the 11th floor of the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship onto a concrete dock, The Sun reports.

The ship was allegedly docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, when the incident occurred.

Initial reports claimed that Chloe’s grandfather, identified as Salvatore Anello, dangled her from a window.

"It's a very grave scene, very regrettable and tragic," Elmer Roman of the department of public security of Puerto Rico told local media.

"One of the grandfathers, whom it would appear was playing with the little girl, lifted her out of the open window and lost his grip.

But the South Bend Police Department has said the claims are untrue.

Chloe, who was travelling with her parents, siblings and both sets of grandparents, reportedly slipped from his hands after he lost his balance, Metro reports.

The toddler died on impact.

A witness revealed they heard the parents’ anguished screams after the incident occurred, CNN reports.

“We heard the screams of the families because we were close”, a fellow traveller said. “A cry of pain of that nature doesn’t compare with any other cry.”

The South Bend Police Department, where the toddler’s dad is an officer, sent their condolences to the family.

“The South Bend Police Department offers its sincerest condolences to Officer Alan Wiegand and his family during this difficult time following the tragic loss of their child while in Puerto Rico,” a spokesperson said.

“The department asks the community to pray for the entire Wiegand family as they grieve and to respect their privacy.”

Local police are investigating.

Sources: The Sun, Metro, CNN

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