This is the 18 month-old girl who fell to her death from her grandfather’s arms as they stood on the 11th deck of a huge cruise ship. Chloe Wiegand was remembered by mother Kimberly Schultz Wiegand on Facebook after she fell 150 feet to her death from the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship onto a concrete dock in San Juan, Puerto Rico Sunday afternoon.
Picture on Wiegand’s Facebook page shows the 18 month-old, who was from South Bend in Indiana, being held by an older boy in front of a Freedom of the Seas banner. It was uploaded hours before the tragedy took place. Initial reports claimed her grandfather, named as Salvatore Anello, dangled her from a window, but South Bend Police Department have since said that this is not true.
They said Chloe slipped from his hands after he lost his balance, WSBT reported. Chloe pictured with her mother Kimberly Wiegand, who changed her Facebook profile pictured to this snap after her daughter’s tragic death
Chloe is reported to have fallen from this window on Freedom of the Seas, although South Bend Police Department have said her grandfather was not holding her out through the opening when the youngster fell to her death The police department also sent its condolences to her dad Alan Wiegand, who is an officer with the force. A spokesman said: ‘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. Girl, 7, permanently paralyzed after touching faulty light-up handrail ‘The department asks the community to pray for the entire Wiegand family as they grieve and to respect their privacy.’ Chloe was vacationing with her parents, both sets of grandparents and brother at the time of her death. An eyewitness to the horrific tragedy told Telemundo PR how they’d heard her mother scream afterwards. Chloe fell to her death from the 11th deck of Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas They said: ‘I looked because of the mother’s cry. ‘That tonality, a scream of pain of that nature, does not compare with any other scream.’ Royal Caribbean Cruises, which owns the Freedom of the Seas, called the death a tragic accident. They refused to comment further. An investigation is ongoing.