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Family condemns the leaking of a video that shows when a girl died on a cruise


A video seems to show the moment when 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand fell from her grandfather's arms and died on a Royal Caribbean cruise in July.

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(CNN) - A video seems to show the time when Chloe Wiegand fell from her grandfather's arms and died on a Royal Caribbean cruise in July.

Chloe, 18 months old, was playing on a Royal Caribbean ship docked in Puerto Rico with his grandfather, Salvatore "Sam" Anello, when he fell from an open window and died.

The video seems to show Anello leaning through an opening before lifting the girl and holding her in the opening.

Chloe Wiegand

It is not clear in the video how deep the opening is.

Shortly after Chloe no longer appears in his arms.

CNN has contacted Anello's lawyer and Royal Caribbean to comment on what is seen in the video.

According to the lawsuit the family filed earlier this month against the cruise line, Anello lifted Chloe on the railing and held her while leaning over to hit the glass. There was no glass panel and she slipped from Anello's arms, falling 45 meters below the pier, resulting in her death, the lawsuit says.

Anello did not know that some of the glass panels could open, says the lawsuit. The lawsuit states that there was no indication that the wall of the glass panels was not a fixed wall and that the wooden rail was located approximately 45.7 centimeters from the glass panel.

Royal Caribbean spokesman Jonathon Fishman declined to comment on the civil lawsuit when CNN contacted him.

“Our hearts are with the family for their tragic loss. Mr. Salvatore Anello is being criminally prosecuted for negligent homicide in the case, ”said Fishman.

Michael Winkleman, the family's lawyer, said that this "publicly asks the Puerto Rican authorities, why was this video posted? Why do they continue to cause so much emotional distress to our family? Have we not been punished enough for the loss of Chloe? Finally, the family requests an immediate and independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the leak. ”

The Attorney General of Puerto Rico said in a statement that they were not sure who released the video to the news agency, but says the video proves the case of negligent homicide that the Puerto Rican authorities filed against him.

Kimberly Wiegand says she supports her stepfather and Chloe's grandfather.

"I want to be clear and unambiguous: we don't support this misdemeanor charge or any other charge," said Wiegand. “Our family has already lost everything; What purpose could be fulfilled by prosecuting a misdemeanor?

Anello told CBS News that he initially blamed himself for Chloe's death. Now, he blames the cruise line.

“I just want the boat fixed. Just fix it. Just fix the boat. ”

Carma Hassan, Amanda Watts, Scottie Andrew, Rebekah Riess, Juliana González and Rafy Rivera contributed to this report.

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Source: cnnespanol

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